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Author Topic: Whitefish Lures/Bait  (Read 17323 times)

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Whitefish Lures/Bait
« on: Feb 16, 2007, 01:05 AM »
I am very new to whitefish fishing, but it sounds like it would be fun. I was just wondering what you guys use to fish for whitefish. What are your preffered depths to fish them at? Right on the bottom or do you tend to find them suspended?  The lake I will be fishing them at is gin clear and im sure holds a pretty decent population. Ive cought them in the summer fly fishing but never through the ice.
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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #1 on: Feb 16, 2007, 01:13 AM »
Oh I forgot to mention. The lake I am fishing has a maximum depth of 170 feet and there is an inlet stream, one main outlet stream, and a few points that form small bays.

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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #2 on: Feb 16, 2007, 04:38 PM »
You must have a presence of Zebra mussels do you?  I've fished Lake simcoe in Ontario and water is pretty clear as well.  Although every lake is different I would say anywhere from 25 to 65 feet of water would be fine.  Talk to some local fisherman?  They tend to move up shallow in this part of the country late in the winter and we target them in less than 30 feet of water right on bottom or as close as you can get.  With their mouth being shaped as it is, they definately do alot of their feeding on the botom of a lake, mostly small crustaceans such as snails, etc.  People do well with small shiners, and small pieces of fish as well.  Small hooks should be used as well because of their tiny mouth.  Most guys around here fish them with pickeral eggs and sucker meat.   My favourite lure to use is the williams whitefish/
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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #3 on: Feb 18, 2007, 11:09 PM »
I jig them with a 1/8 to 1/2 oz. green/chartruese lead head with a micro tube or power craw in some green to chartruese color with a few maggots on the hook for good measure.

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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #4 on: Feb 19, 2007, 06:01 AM »
I have been having good luck with either a Genz worm or small spoon with 2 waxies. One waxie gets about half the bites.

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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #5 on: Feb 19, 2007, 01:08 PM »
hmm it really seems like they are liking the wax worms. Well since i cant get those here in ak ( the ones we get are about 1/4 inch long ) i think I will just use a little piece or two of night crawler on a small jig head.

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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #6 on: Feb 08, 2008, 11:38 PM »
On Green Bay (Little Sturgeon area of Door Co.) we have had good luck on a #2 swedish pimple.  Usually silver body w/ green or chartruse insert then tipped with a couple waxies or spikes.  They usually hug the bottom pretty tight. 

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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #7 on: Feb 10, 2008, 06:07 PM »
in n. maine we use a sz.7 pimple w/ a 5in. light lined dropper w/ a sz6 or 8 hook. tip it w/ a small chunk of the local baitfish. i use smelt. tap the bottom lightly a few times then raise it off the bottom and pause for 5 seconds then repeat. if you feel a nibble wait till he bites harder or starts to swim off sideways then set the hook. works great around here. good luck!
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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #8 on: Feb 06, 2009, 01:45 PM »
Lately on Lake Simcoe 80' plus seems to be right. Jigging a 3" william's half & half jigging spoon within 10' of bottom is catching most fish.

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Re: Whitefish Lures/Bait
« Reply #9 on: Dec 13, 2009, 11:46 PM »
great tips :tipup:

 

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