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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2019, 5:14 pm 
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I'm heading up to Algonquin (Basin Lake area) for 8 days next week (Oct 26 to Nov 3) and looking to do a little fishing while I'm there. I will bringing my canoe so I will have a bit of mobility. I'm a pretty awful fisherman and usually fish with a worm and a bobber. Any tips for someone looking to "up his game" a bit this time of year in the park? I have a few lures (spoons, rapellas etc.) but any ideas in terms of some "go-to" lures and tips would be very much appreciated :)

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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2019, 8:12 am 
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There are northern pike in that area, trolling along shorelines and covering distance should be productive. Cast a lure some distance behind the canoe, prop the rod up against a thwart and gunwale and start paddling, keeping the lure in water close to shore but not so close that there will be snags.

My Self Reliance's setup will work, I don't bother with the ties, instead use a foot or knee to help keep the rod in place and the rod tip up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kwapnT8loU

Watch Jonathan Kelly trolling for pike here (and his other vids):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJm0mhM9p_I

My lure choice is really basic (others will have their faves but IMO if they are biting they'll hit almost anything)... a light willow leaf spinner that runs shallow (like Mepps spinner), a heavier and deeper-running Williams Wabler, and a weedless spinnerbait if there are a lot of snags or weedy water (there are always snags, paddle back and free the lure from the reverse direction). With a spoon or willow leaf spinner, the lure action should be visible in the vibration in the rod tip, so you know the lure is free of weeds. For pike, the larger spoons and spinners should work, eg. a four or five-inch spoon.

PS... let us know how it works out... good luck!

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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2019, 8:58 am 
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That's awesome info thanks so much for the tips! Really appreciate the detailed response :)

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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2019, 10:08 pm 
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I tend to use crankbaits such as Big O's when I am trolling. Also cast with them.

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PostPosted: October 25th, 2019, 7:32 pm 
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Thanks wotrock i'll give that a try too!

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PostPosted: October 25th, 2019, 8:24 pm 
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one advantage of crankbaits is that they float so you can just pay out the line while paddling w/ohaving the lure sink and maybe snag before you start the run.

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