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Title: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: lupinglade on June 16, 2020, 07:10:08 pm
Hi all,

My wife and I are just starting out fishing around the Beausoleil Island area and Penetang harbour. We have made about 10 trips now on our dinghy with two rods and lots of various good quality lures (crank, spoons, plastic worms) and have caught absolutely nothing. We had one bite in all! We are watching technique videos on YouTube, etc. but have so far been unsuccessful. It seems like there is just no fish. We've fished around the Gin Islands, around Magazine Island (near Discovery Harbour), various other places in Penetang Harbour, and most of the west side of Beausoleil Island.

Can anyone give any tips or what might we be doing wrong? Is it too early in the season? Are we just in the wrong places?  ???
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: Canuck on June 16, 2020, 09:18:44 pm
Depends what you are fishing for.  Bass not open till this weekend, but smallmouth are around the gin islands and shoals once the season opens and things warm up. Largemouth are around once they finish spawning.  Quite a fe in the harbour.  Pike are in shallow around the weed lines.  Water is still quite cold so patience is needed.  I have caught walleye around Whisky island, And present island, although not many.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: MarkD on June 17, 2020, 07:19:51 am
Yes, to get some advises, specify what are you fishing for and what techniques do you use.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: Wasagabeach on June 17, 2020, 07:17:29 pm
Iíve fished Penetanguishene for many years and there are so many spots to fish in that bay just the same as the rest of gbay.  Tour around the weed lines with your cranks and lures and you will get fish.   I got a pike there last night and lost a nice walleye both with wormharnesses.   Someone once said there is so much shoreline in Georgian bay you canít fish it all in a lifetime.  Iíve tried and hardly made a dent but Iíve got lots of new great spots
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: work2fish on June 17, 2020, 08:26:54 pm
Depends what you are fishing for.  Bass not open till this weekend, but smallmouth are around the gin islands and shoals once the season opens and things warm up. Largemouth are around once they finish spawning.  Quite a fe in the harbour.  Pike are in shallow around the weed lines.  Water is still quite cold so patience is needed.  I have caught walleye around Whisky island, And present island, although not many.
Bass open next weekend for clarity 4th saturday in june.  Muskie open this weekend 3rd saturday.

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Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: Canuck on June 17, 2020, 10:03:14 pm
Bass open next weekend for clarity 4th saturday in june.  Muskie open this weekend 3rd saturday.

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Oops, my mistake.  4th Saturday for sure.  I know it is the last weekend in June this year, which is the start of my vacation week. 
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: lupinglade on June 18, 2020, 12:09:03 am
Thanks for all the great replies, we got some bites today using worms around a reed line. I think we'll catch something tomorrow. How important is the time of day? We're not fishing for anything in particular at the moment, just trying to catch something, learning.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: MarkD on June 19, 2020, 11:29:48 am
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We're not fishing for anything in particular at the moment, just trying to catch something
I would say this is the biggest mistake. If you target a specific species the result will be much better.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: glen margaret on June 19, 2020, 07:35:54 pm
Where you are fishing, now, you should target pike. We fish the same area as you describe, usually trolling an xrap or live target smelt around weeds in 12 to 15 ft at about 2.5 mph. Cast over weeds as well. Should get a decent pike every hour or so. Find the weed beds, learn how to filet pike, and wait for the walleye.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: Canuck on June 19, 2020, 09:42:20 pm
Where you are fishing, now, you should target pike. We fish the same area as you describe, usually trolling an xrap or live target smelt around weeds in 12 to 15 ft at about 2.5 mph. Cast over weeds as well. Should get a decent pike every hour or so. Find the weed beds, learn how to filet pike, and wait for the walleye.


Good advice. IMO one of the best eating fish is a pike about 3 to 5 lbs.  Bones are big enough to avoid when eating.  I filet like any fish and leave the y bones in and take em out while eating.  Never grubs or worms in pike and they are nice and mild.  Fun and easy to catch and great to eat.  As a matter of fact, I am taking the dinghy out tomorrow morning to get one for lunch.  Big boat going out in the evening for a troll.. 
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: lupinglade on June 28, 2020, 05:45:38 pm
Thanks for all the help, weíve caught some Pike and perch! Would anyone recommend any area in Penetanguishene harbour for bass?
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: MarkD on June 28, 2020, 09:18:59 pm
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and wait for the walleye
What do you mean by this? Is that walleye won't bite now but will be some time later?
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: glen margaret on June 29, 2020, 03:56:15 pm
In our experience, in the area discussed, we don't catch walleye until mid-July. We are almost always fishing 10- 18 FOW near or in weeds. Once we start catching walleye, for 6 weeks or so, we catch roughly equal numbers of walleye, smallmouth, and pike. Most of the walleye we catch are in a couple of relatively small areas, and almost all are in the slot.
Every year we catch at least one muskie, around 36 in.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: MarkD on June 29, 2020, 04:28:33 pm
 glen margaret,
thanks for the reply.
It is interesting that salmon in some areas is also starting to bite later in the summer.... even though they are species with different habits etc..
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: glen margaret on June 29, 2020, 04:57:31 pm
Pike and Walleye notwithstanding, we do target species, for example, salmon. Downrigging in the hole two years ago, we caught a muskie that was probably longer than 4 ft.  About 110 FOW, Lyman at 100 ft. We thought we'd snagged lost gear. Couple of headshakes and up she came.
We also target perch. Anchored in 50 to 60 FOW, shiners on the bottom. Not unusual to have a muskie stop a perch on its way up. They sometimes hold on for a minute or so.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: lupinglade on July 01, 2020, 12:33:42 pm
In our experience, in the area discussed, we don't catch walleye until mid-July. We are almost always fishing 10- 18 FOW near or in weeds. Once we start catching walleye, for 6 weeks or so, we catch roughly equal numbers of walleye, smallmouth, and pike. Most of the walleye we catch are in a couple of relatively small areas, and almost all are in the slot.
Every year we catch at least one muskie, around 36 in.

What do you mean by Ďin the slotí?
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: Jam1324 on July 01, 2020, 12:47:19 pm
Walleye have a slot size in most areas. Say 14-16 inches you can keep anything else you can't. Some places have you can keep 3 under 18 inches and one over etc. Those are just numbers I made up but that's how slot sizes work.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: glen margaret on July 01, 2020, 09:42:26 pm
Slot is a slang term to describe size limits on fish. In area 14, (GB) walleye that are greater than 41 cm and less than 56 cm in length cannot be kept. The slot is 41 to 56 cm.
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: lupinglade on July 02, 2020, 12:15:41 am
Gotcha. Haven't heard the term before, but aware of the size restrictions. I thought it was some sort of lake bed feature ???
Title: Re: Beginner fishing around Beausoleil Island/Penetang area
Post by: EsoxWanderer on July 04, 2020, 10:37:11 pm
Fished Beausoleil/HH once and it was tough. Those winds and waves can really wreck a game plan when they get going. Our best bet for pike was portions of deep weedlines along beausoleil where the flat portruded to a point. We were fishing in the fall and the pike were barfing up larger white minnows. Tight lines and put those big girls back ;)