Silver Dollar Area Ontario
Dodger, Kind of my rule of thumb is fishing above 30ft I will run cranks and stick baits, below 30ft all spoons. Later in the summer I put them down on down riggers since anywhere from 40-60 ft seems to be in the money with lakers. All I run is spoons that deep. I've tried in line sinkers in the past, "not snap weights" but I just could not control the exact depth that is needed. A lot of time the lakers like that spoon buzzing right across the bottom. The down riggers give that precise control.
Quarter ounce jigs with a mister twister and a minnow is what I always use,orange and yellow seem to be the favorite colors for the mister twister but it’s that live bait that brings them in. As far as northerns most of my big pike come on my walleye rod while jigging for walleye. If I put on a white mister twister on I will catch more northern on that color while walleye fishing then I will on a different color so I tend to avoid white when walleye fishing. if I had to cast for pike Mepps spinners the orange and yellow or orange black or a blue fox spinner in fire tiger would be what I would cast. I also use the 5 diamond spoon from mepps.I always like to have some large sucker minnows as well for pike because sometimes those do the trick when lures do not. My big northern on the wall came from a large sucker minnow. For lake trout I generally troll spoons. last year my best color was one that was purple and yellow. Each year color seems to be different. A mimnow Teaser works excellent for Lake trout if you don’t mind the smell of putting those damn Cisco‘s in the harness.
Assortment of 1/8 - 1/4 ounce jigs for jig & minnow, or with Ringworm or Jerk minnow plastics.
Size 4 hooks to setup with slip bobber rigs if conditions dictate.
Walley Diver, fire tiger & perch, can be casted or trolled
Mepps giant killer spinner in Firetiger or orange-black
Rapala husky jerk size 12 in blue
2-3 ounce bottom bouncers with spinner rigs
If fishing Lake Trout
3/4 - 1 ounce jigs with white fluke bodies
3/4 - 1 ounce sonars in green or blue
Here's a question for the forum that I hope generates some fun discussion. Our group is taking 2 new guys who have never experienced Canadian Shield fishing. I've had a blast taking friends and sharing the awesomeness of Canadian fishing adventures over the years. My buddies keep asking what kind of tackle they should pack. I've given them my reccomondations, but here is the question. If you could only take 5 baits to the Silver Dollar area, what would they be? walleye, smallmouth, pike, lake trout, perch.... so many lakes and so many species to target. But again, what 5 baits have to be in your arsenal? Mine would be: jig and a minnow, suspending jerkbait (rapala x-rap), zara spook topwater, a spinnerbait, and a plastic swim bait. Thoughts just to share with the new guys????
Pepper Bill Lake is rather easy access. If you want more of an adventure drive further down the Pepper Bill Road try dominion or burnt Damn Lake there probably twice as far in as pepper bill is but they don’t get fished as much because they don’t have a campground on them like pepper bill has. I fished pepperbill two or three times to me it’s a Lake like Watcomb it’s an OK lake but I wouldn’t say it’s great. If you want adventure you could do lots of exploring with an ATV in a small boat down the handcuff road there’s numerous lakes to try back in there or even down the Penasi road with an ATV. The last time I was back by Dominion some knob shine placed some boulders in front of the landing just barely under the water so it made it more difficult to dock your own boat there. I was still able to do it with the rocks. I suspect they were placed there rather recent because they weren’t sunken in yet and I was able to roll them to the side with a pair of hip waders on.