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Ice fishing for Pike and Panfish at Island Lake

Date: January 6, 2019
Temperature: -1°C
Water depth: 8ft
Location: Island Lake Conservation Area, Ontario
Bait used: minnows, small tungsten jig (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US) with mealworms, superworms

This was my first fishing trip of the year and since half of the lake at Island Lake was open for the ice fishing season I decided to fish here. The weather was nice and mildly cold and the fishing was great.

I had one rod set up with a minnow and the other lighter setup for panfish. The Sunfish were on fire. I was getting plenty of bites and they were nice size too. I got a couple of small Pikes and I even got 2 nice Crappies on minnows. Fun day.

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Ice fishing for Northern Pike at Island Lake

Date: January 9, 2018
Temperature: -2°C
Water depth: 7ft
Location: Island Lake Conservation Area, Ontario
Bait used: minnows, small tungsten jig (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US) with waxies

This lake was new to me – I never fished here before. I usually fished on ice for Pike on Little Lake, Wilcox and few others. I was using minnows as bait that are sold on location.

For a first time fishing there, I was blown away at the number of Pikes I caught. In about 4 hours of fishing, I caught 6 Pikes! All of them were about 22-24” so not very big but still a lot of fun to catch. In between the Pike bites, I was playing with little perch. I used small tungsten jig tipped with wax worms. It was not a very good spot for panfish but the pike bites were on.