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With colder temperatures in the air and rain in the forecast,  the Lake Ontario salmon run is in full swing.  Anglers all over the lake are catching salmon in local tributaries.   There are still some staging fish being caught from the Piers as well.  Most anglers take these giants on roe bags, pink worms and a varitey of flies.  An ideal fishing rod for the job is 9 foot plus for a little more control when battling these freshwater monsters.

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

Tim and I decided to head out on St Clair for a day to see what all the fuss was about. It is a totally different game out there, while I didn't find the true monsters I was after, I consider it a fairly successful day with 7 fish boated and another few that got away.

There is nothing quite like the challenge of new water to get you both excited and anxious about an upcoming fishing trip. Looking over marine charts or scrolling around on your boats GPS graph is usually a good place to start. This can help you sort out some key points you may want to focus on and give you a bit of confidence heading into your day.

I am used to fishing musky on northern lakes and rivers. The main goal is to find rock reefs, main lake points, drop offs, saddles between islands, shallow areas with access to deep water etc. While looking over a map for lake St Clair its quickly apparent that none of these things exist. This trip was going to be a learning experience.

The key to finding fish for us was to look for a couple things, water that wasn't to muddy and bait. Bait seemed to be moving in a bit tighter to the river mouths and peirs (Thames, Belle and Detroit River) so these are good areas to focus on. After that its about using the electronics to find the bait as well as taking a look around, birds dropping on bait is always a good sign.

In terms of the water clarity we ended up hitting a few fish fishing along the mudline. Although there is not much in the way of physical structure. Fishing where the dirty water meets the clear water still makes for a nice ambush point for these toothy predators.

In terms of approach we went with casting. We did drop a couple of trolling lines buit mainly that was to break up the day from being completely casting. Big soft plastics like Bulldawgs, medusas and Red october tubes were the ticket, I ran brighter colours just due to the water not being to terribly clear out there. Another thing to keep in mind in the fall is to slow down your retrieve. Water temps were in the high 40's you cant go burning things along as if it were 74' water in early july.

All in all we had a lot of fun out there, to head in blind and end up with a 7 fish day was a nice reward. I will definitely be heading back to explore the lake more, hopefully find some of those beautiful 50+ St Clair fish.

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

In 2013 we lost a great member of the community.  Mike Cirino was a devoted husband, great friend and special human being.  Mike was an avid fisherman and to honour his memory we have put together a charity derby to raise money for Chron's and Colitis.  All procedes will go to charity.  For more information call the store at (905) 388-5873

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

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