January 1st, 2013
Lake Vernon, Ontario – May 2012by Grant Pentiricci May 20, 2012
Species Target:Northern Pike
- temperature – 28C (84F)
- precipitation >1mm
- wind 6km
- barametric pressure 1021 hpa and rising
- sunny clear blue bird skies
- water temperature AM – 12C (54F) , PM – 14C (57F)
Lake Vernon – Location Description:
Lake Vernon has very sandy flats, with very deep steep drop-offs. Weed beds were small and sparse. The water was extremely stained. There were lots of laydowns and riff raff along certain shores. Pike were found holding on shallow laydowns and wood in 2 to 6 ft deep. We had lots of follows early in the morning with strikes beginning near noon. The most successful spots were creek inlets, east facing banks with riff raff. Baits working were baits with silver blades and lots of flash, husky jerk HJ-14 blue/silver and silver spoons such as a 3/4 Blue Fox. We observed several other boats fishing and trolling however we opted to cast.
Fishing Day Summary:
We arrived early in the morning and used a public launch which is located on Yonge street north, just off main street west. We launched and travelled west down the river to Lake Vernon. Immediately we tried the creek inlets throwing fast search baits.
As the sun warmed the eastern facing shores, we moved and started looking for laydowns and riff raff in shallow areas where the water started warming first. This is where we had several follows. As the water warmed near the second half of the day, we changed baits and were able to catch pike by working Husky Jerks with long pauses, working them very slowly.
Overall, the lake did not have a lot of picturesque features. We spoke to a local that told us there was a Pike tournament on the lake the next day. We asked him to recommend some spots that would be productive. Also, for somebody who does not know the lake, you need to be careful to not hit fallen timber or bottom in shallow areas. Our group caught Pike that were 3-6 pounds but nothing notable. The lake can be treacherous as the water is extremely stained. Although Lake Vernon has a reputation for large Pike, I would likely not go back at this time of year considering that the weeds were so sparse.
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci