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> Herring surface feeding, By the tens of thousands
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Posted: Sep 21, 2017 - 07:00 pm


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Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture this phenomenon with camera, I did get a screen shot of my sonnar
I would say that their were surfacing herring for a good square kilometer.
They were anywhere in size from 4"to12".
I would watch them shoot up towards the top ,pick off minnows and shoot down just as quickly.
Have not witnessed any thing this cool in my life, other then on a nature documentary.
I m am glad to see that these fish have made such an amazing come back.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2017 - 07:01 pm


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Posted: Sep 21, 2017 - 07:07 pm


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Pretty cool stuff!!🙂

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Posted: Sep 22, 2017 - 07:48 am


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Wow cool

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Posted: Sep 24, 2017 - 11:07 pm


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Very cool. We got a vid of it a couple years ago at the mouth of Cooks. We figured at least a couple kms2.

Dang vid is stuck in a dead phone.

The sound was pretty neat eh?

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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 - 01:05 pm


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F-it I am getting a go pro .it is a good thing to have in situations like that.

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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 - 08:08 pm


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Pretty Cool. I experienced a similar sight this year on Lake Muskoka but it was smallmouth bass that were surface feeding. There must have been hundreds of them or more. It was early in the morning on a mid lake shoal, water was very calm. everywhere you looked there were bass breaking the surface. My partner saw schools of minnows so I assume they were feeding on minnows. It was mid august. They were very difficult to catch, although some did bite on surface baits, none on spinners or cranks. The same action occurred in that spot in the following weeks when I went back but not nearly as much as that first time. I wish I has filmed it.

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Posted: Sep 26, 2017 - 12:13 pm


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I have only seen something like this once at my out-laws cottage up in Muskoka , but it was Rainbows coming to the surface at first light in the morning , hundreds of Rainbows , we did catch a few and when we cleaned them for dinner the fish were full of very small black bugs .... But caught them on flatfish lure ...

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Posted: Sep 26, 2017 - 10:21 pm


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It's always awesome to see massive schools of fish stacked up like that,and it's also nice to here about species of fish flourishing rather then the opposite

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 - 08:44 am


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QUOTE (zreel @ Sep 26, 2017 - 12:13 pm)
.....when we cleaned them for dinner the fish were full of very small black bugs ...

We've found the same in the spring fishing Algonquin lakers, when a certain spot gives up fish after fish after fish, they're packed full of those black bugs....almost tiny worms - maybe a half inch long...I think they're called chronomids (fly fishing guys would know). the bellies are packed, I mean packed full, looks like a charcoal briquette.

The fish are there taking advantage of a massive hatch. you can see the tiny worm-like casings littered on the surface all around the canoe, from which flies emerge and take off. Keeping an eye on the waters surface for these things can give away a hot spot to hook up with a pile of trout in a short period of time.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 - 02:26 pm


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QUOTE (Simcoe Said @ Sep 25, 2017 - 03:05 pm)
F-it I am getting a go pro .it is a good thing to have in situations like that.

Bought one a few years ago and use it quite a bit, mostly use it on ATV rides but have taken it on fishing trips as well. Did a fly in trip in northern Quebec a few years ago and was glad I had it for this particular trip, great memories.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 - 03:44 pm


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QUOTE (Drew @ Sep 27, 2017 - 09:44 am)
QUOTE (zreel @ Sep 26, 2017 - 12:13 pm)
.....when we cleaned them for dinner the fish were full of very small black bugs ...

We've found the same in the spring fishing Algonquin lakers, when a certain spot gives up fish after fish after fish, they're packed full of those black bugs....almost tiny worms - maybe a half inch long...I think they're called chronomids (fly fishing guys would know). the bellies are packed, I mean packed full, looks like a charcoal briquette.

The fish are there taking advantage of a massive hatch. you can see the tiny worm-like casings littered on the surface all around the canoe, from which flies emerge and take off.

I think they are Mayflies. In my experience, when specks are glutting on those it's impossible to catch them on anything but a fly. Were you fly fishing at the time?

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 - 06:41 pm


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QUOTE (Knuguy @ Sep 27, 2017 - 03:44 pm)
....Were you fly fishing at the time?

No...either trolling spoons through the feed-session, or casting a tiny (1/32oz.) jig with part of a minnow, let sink to bottom and slowly dragging it along bottom toward canoe

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 - 06:58 pm


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Thx, Drew. Now I am quite curious!! Could you ask you buddy what kind of flies they were??

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