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> Can't Remember a Worse Year, marking fish not biting
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Posted: Feb 19, 2023 - 03:56 pm


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Ive fished Nipissing basically my entire life. I can't remember a year so bad for perch. Ive heard coworkers having similar results. Every time I've been out I've marked fish they just won't bite. How is everyone else doing?

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Northhunter
Posted: Feb 19, 2023 - 05:45 pm


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Did our bungalow trip last weekend. Same deal.

We marked lots of fish but I have no idea if any were perch. We only caught cisco and 'eyes.

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Bobby L
Posted: Feb 19, 2023 - 10:06 pm


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I've been averaging about 20 Jumbos / day in 23ft of water. They are bitting very light..

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Posted: Feb 21, 2023 - 09:33 am


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I've had a good steady year but this weekend I had my Niece and Nephew visit and Uncle Yawns tent had a Peppe pig marathon on the go. A couple of snow forts built and a few snow ball fights.

We got skunked on Family day, I'm sure the fish knew to stay away from the racket on top of the ice but ahh it was worth it.

I'll need a few days to recover for sure.


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kenster
Posted: Feb 21, 2023 - 09:37 am


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In 2014 limit on perch was increased to 50.You could pull up dozens anywhere.My theory is low walleye numbers equals higher perch numbers and vise versa.They could also run on cycle years of highs and lows.Lake Simcoe is a good example as it always has millions of perch and almost no walleye.
Nip is known for walleye.Pockets of perch still exist but more common is to get one or 2 at a time,not the bigger schools of the past imho

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winter9
Posted: Feb 21, 2023 - 10:18 am


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Managed 15 jumbos on Saturday, released another 15 or so. Another 20 walters with 4 keepers. Biting very light, in fact if the lure was moving they wouldn't touch it. Watched them on the screen follow lures up and down the column...no bite. Let it sit still for a while, fish on! Most fish were caught by deadsticking.
Good luck,
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Posted: Feb 21, 2023 - 05:08 pm


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QUOTE (kenster @ Feb 21, 2023 - 09:37 am)
In 2014 limit on perch was increased to 50.You could pull up dozens anywhere.My theory is low walleye numbers equals higher perch numbers and vise versa.They could also run on cycle years of highs and lows.Lake Simcoe is a good example as it always has millions of perch and almost no walleye.
Nip is known for walleye.Pockets of perch still exist but more common is to get one or 2 at a time,not the bigger schools of the past imho

Young of the year (YOY) perch are a primary prey species for YOY walleye due to the size difference in that first year.. and there's been no shortage of young walleye for at least several years.

We've also been getting crappie at the west end. But how much they compete with perch I don't really know.

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Posted: Feb 22, 2023 - 06:00 pm


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ Feb 21, 2023 - 05:08 pm)
QUOTE (kenster @ Feb 21, 2023 - 09:37 am)
In 2014 limit on perch was increased to 50.You could pull up dozens anywhere.My theory is low walleye numbers equals higher perch numbers and vise versa.They could also run on cycle years of highs and lows.Lake Simcoe is a good example as it always has millions of perch and almost no walleye.
Nip is known for walleye.Pockets of perch still exist but more common is to get one or 2 at a time,not the bigger schools of the past imho

Young of the year (YOY) perch are a primary prey species for YOY walleye due to the size difference in that first year.. and there's been no shortage of young walleye for at least several years.

We've also been getting crappie at the west end. But how much they compete with perch I don't really know.

We have the same problem here on Lake Erie. The walleye pop has been increasing at the pop of perch decreasing. Commercial fishing does have an impact as well.

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xiaolu
Posted: Feb 22, 2023 - 06:03 pm


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For steady jumbo perch to show up on ice, I will go to Lake Simcoe for sure:-)

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kenster
Posted: Feb 28, 2023 - 04:13 pm


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Winter9> of course now i have to eat crow as i was out on Sunday and the Perch were biting.Light just like you said and wouldn't even look at my spoon. All caught on one line with dead minnows.They were gorging on snails which is why they seemed to prefer small non moving bait.Probably just a one off good day but l'll take it as it was a blast. :fishing

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Posted: Mar 01, 2023 - 11:20 am


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we were up in south bay last weekend and pulled out around 16 walleyes ranging from 14-21 inches over 2 days. Missed a few flags in the process as well. Guys north of us staying in ice bungalows caught nothing lol.

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ldub
Posted: Mar 01, 2023 - 04:28 pm


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That's fishing. Ice fishing is even more hit and miss. You pick a operator, you pick a weekend, and hope and pray the fish show up. And yes it's still a great time and fun is had, but a fishing trip with no fish, the big shunkaroo, is always disappointing.

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