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Ice Fishing Season on Lake Simcoe

The Start to the Winter 2008
A New Year is upon us and so too is another ice fishing season.  My first trip of the season was in late December on the hard waters of Cook's Bay where yellow perch would be the target species. As I arrived shortly after sunup I was surprised to see hundreds of anxious ice anglers already there before me. Most were within a kilometer from shore and huddled over their holes carefully watching their rods, set in holders, for any sign of a strike.

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Weed Lines for Ice Perch

Weed Lines for Ice Perch

Boy can Cook's Bay be a busy & confusing place once 2 feet of ice cover it from shore to shore and 3,000 bodies scatter across its surface. It seems that people are fishing everywhere - but where are the perch today?

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First Time Out

Well it sure took me long enough this year to make time to do a little ice fishing.  Usually, I pride myself as being one of the first guys out there, but I am either slacking off, getting old or just wasn't prepared for such an early start to the ice fishing season on Lake Simcoe this winter . 

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Ice Fishing for Perch

Ice Fishing for Perch

During the ice fishing season, perch are definitely one of the fish targeted by most anglers. Many anglers from around the world come here to catch the famous Ontario jumbo perch. Cook's Bay, Lake Simcoe is definitely my number one spot for its numbers and big sizes.

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