How to Catch Speckled Trout at First Ice in Ontario

What was your favorite part about Christmas this year? Gord Pyzer explains why one of his favorite Christmas gifts is the Northern Ontario Speckeled Trout!

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It is no coincidence that good ice and Christmas arrive at the same time in Northern Ontario.   

It is the quintessential gift if you love to ice fish as much as I do.  Especially, for the speckled trout, rainbow trout and splake that the Ministry of Natural Resources stocks in a multitude of small, pristine lakes spread out across the northern half of the province.


The fish are typically planted as one year olds in the picture postcard lakes so that when they grow up and become catchable, they're as wild as the wilderness waters in which they swim.  And equally stunningly handsome.

In fact, by the time they're three, four or five years of age they're typically dazzling beauties.  

I should mention, too, that if you keep a few fish to enjoy for dinner, you'll find their flesh is as firm and sweet and delicate as anything you've ever eaten.  And if you prepare them simply, cooking them as soon as you catch them, in a pan placed over a crackling wood fire along shore, it will only add another star to an otherwise world class dining experience.

But enough talk.  


It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words,click on the video above that I shot just the other day and discover why, when, where and how to enjoy this winter time blessing.




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Gord Pyzer - NorthernOntario.Travel
Author bio: Gord Pyzer is well-known in Canadian fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer because of his work for Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources. He's now one of Canada's top fishing communicators and a member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame. Gord is a two time winner of Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Presidents Cup and is an internationally sought speaker, tournament angler and co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi.


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