Iâ€™ve been a member for a while but havenâ€™t posted much. Iâ€™ve never fish Lake O but I hope to change that. I recently acquired a small tinny. Itâ€™s mostly for the Kawartha lakes but in early spring I hope to take it out onto Lake O for some steelhead action. Iâ€™ve never caught one and I am excited to give it a try! Iâ€™m new to this type of fishing but I have been researching it and have read some great articles (lot of great info on this site!). I have come up with a basic battle plan.
Iâ€™m aware of the safety issues of a small boat on a big lake. I only plan to go out on the best of days and never very far from port. The boat is more to get away from the crowds on the shore!
I plan to fish out of New Castle or Bowmanville as they are my local ports.
I plan to flat line with large spoons (northern King, etc) in silver or gold. I will also try large stick baits like the Smithwick Rogue, rapala, or jointed rapala. Again, in silver and gold.
I have picked up a couple of Dipsy Divers and plan to get a small planer board. Iâ€™ll use these if the flat lining doesnâ€™t work. I've never used these before but I'm eager to give it a try.
I plan to troll along the mud line (the area were the coloured river water mixes with the lake water). I know at New Castle this line can be very distinct in the spring.
I know guys fish off the pier year round. When does the bite really start in the spring? I was going to start trying in mid march. I head the browns are in close then as well. Is this true?
How does that sound? Am I on the right track? Any advice for a complete newbie!!