Pike Season Opener in Southern Ontario

The Greater Toronto Area is home to many species of sought after gamefish. Within the Lake Ontario waterfront portion of Canada's most populated region, trout and salmon reign supreme among elite anglers - thanks in no small part to the influx of over one million of these salmonids that are stocked annually by MNR. Rivers from the Ganaraska in the east to the Credit and Bronte in the west offer these anglers remarkable fishing opportunities. Further north well outside of the GTA ... rivers such as the Nottawasaga, Saugeen and Syndenham also produce. This spring has been no exception ... especially with delayed rainbow runs that provided remarkable fishing opportunities even on the regular trout opener (last Saturday in April) for fishing enthusiasts.

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Lake Simcoe. A Trophy Pike Lake?

Monster Pike topping the 30 pound mark are few and far between in most water bodies regardless of where these toothy critters roam. We know some systems routinely produce big pike while others have high populations of hammer handle sized ones. Lakes just to the north of many Fish On Line Canada readers such as Muskoka, Vernon and Peninsula lakes for instance, regularly pump out short fat northerns in the 20-25 pound range. Other lakes closer to the GTA like Island, Canal and Lake St John fall into the 2nd category yielding high numbers of long thin pike averaging just a couple of pounds or so. Then there is that 3rd category; the lakes in between …

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