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WHITEFISH FISHING

We have whitefish fishing in Sandybeach Lake. Lake whitefish and river whitefish are the two species and our Ontario fishing lodge has the lake species. Our guests have the opportunity to catch whitefish in the 5 to 10 pound range. Whitefish have a small sucker-looking mouth about the diameter of your thumb. Anglers use lures small enough to fit in the whitefish's small mouth. Whitefish fishing is 50 to 60 feet down in the deep water of Sandybeach Lake. The guests at our Ontario fishing lodge will jig or troll in whitefish fishing.

WITEFISH FISHING – LIMITS/SEASON

SEASON: Open
LIMIT: 12 in Possession

WHITEFISH FISHING TIPS

Where Are They:
Usually (not ice fishing), Whitefish are caught in the early Spring or in the Fall when they migrate to areas with current such as rivers or narrow flows in the lake system. Whitefish have very small and tender mouths, which is why most people who catch Whitefish were fishing for something else while using really small hooks and minnows or really small jigs. You don't have to wait for a freak chance to catch a Whitefish. Just follow some rules for the different seasons.

Spring:
In the very early Spring, the Whitefish migrate into the rivers and streams to feed on the Pike and Sucker eggs that are being dropped during the spawn. The best way to fish for Whitefish in the Spring is in the river with 4 lb. test line and really tiny hooks with a single salmon egg, grub, a little ball of Berkley Power Dough or the best bait, Wax Worms. Have a small float and let the bait float down stream and over the deeper pools that are behind the gravel spawning beds.

When the May Flies start to hatch, the Whitefish will move out of the rivers and stay just below the surface of the lake feeding on the hatching flies. When the May Fly hatch is complete, the Whitefish go deep.

Summer Flyfishing:
You can catch Whitefish on the surface in early summer (normally first two weeks in July) with small spinners, 1/16 oz jigs, tiny Rapalas or putting a May Fly or Waxworm on a hook and a small float and just cast off the dock. Generally, the Whitefish will be everywhere there are large populations of May Flies hatching on the surface. This is a perfect time for Fly-Fishing for Whitefish with your fly-rod.

Use your regular fly-rod and regular line but the lead line should be 4 pound test. In the case of Sandybeach Lake, the Whitefish get big so 6 pound test can be used. Use a fly that looks like a May Fly. Other flies might work well but remember, the Whitefish's visual acuity this time of year is for the shape and movement of the May Fly.

Go out in the boat about 1.5 hours before dark on a calm night when the water surface is smooth and quietly drift past small bays or where you see fish breaking the surface. Just cast out over the water like normal fly-fishing. Whitefish like to see the May Fly stationary with a circular movement. The trick is to leave your fly stationary and spin your fishing rod. Just spin it a few time with your finger-tips. The heavy fly line will spin with the rod and if your lead line is not too long, it will spin to and make the fly flop around. It really works…

Summer:
Do exactly what it says in the Lake Trout Section. Whitefish are a deep water fish and go deep during the Summer. Use a three-way swivel system with a Zero Mepps or Blue Fox and troll very slow in about 60 feet of water.

If you know where the Whitefish are concentrated during the summer, then a more relaxing method is to jig straight down in the deep water. Remember, Whitefish have small mouths thus you should use tiny jigs. You can make the jig a bit more tasty if you put a wax-worm or a piece of dew-worm on the jig.

Fall:
Whitefish spawn in late October and our lodge is closed. They migrate into rivers and basically spawn in the same spawning beds as the Suckers. During the spawn, the Whitefish only feed during the day. You will find that as soon as it gets dark, the fish lose all interest in food and concentrate on their spawn. During the end of the spawn, they may start to feed before they travel back to the lake.

Generally Whitefish will stay shallow all Winter. In the Spring, they feed on Pike & Sucker eggs again and do not go deep until after they gorge themselves on the May Fly hatch. May Flies are called May Flies everywhere in North America except North Bay, Ontario where they are called Shad Flies. You may want to know this if you have been fishing near North Bay and were wondering what the difference was.

Generally small is the word. Small baits and lures must be used. Whitefish will hit a bigger lure like a small Rapala or Thunderstick but generally the hooks on these lures are too big for the Whitefish's tiny mouth.

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