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The Best Lures for Canadian Fishing

Updated on February 10, 2013

You don't have to spend a fortune on tackle to score big on your next Canadian fishing getaway. I've fished on Canadian lakes numerous times, and have experimented with a variety of different lures, and when it comes to catching pike and walleye in particular there's only two I can rely on to reel in a mess of fish every time I go there: Rapala brand minnow lures and any brand of fishing spoons. If I had to toss out all but two lures from my tackle box, these are hands down, without a doubt the two lures I'd hold onto if I'm heading up to Canada for a weekend.


Rapala makes a variety of different fishing lures: I've tried the cranks and the jointed swimmers with some success, but I've had my best luck with the one piece Rapala minnows displayed in the photo: these enticing small lures have never let me down once. I catch 30-40'' pike, musky, and even some walleye every time I use them. They're a guaranteed necessity every time I fish up North, and you can buy them for under $10 a piece at just about any sporting goods store. I never fish up North without at least a half dozen of these in my tackle box.


Daredevil is perhaps the most common brand of spoon, but just about any kind of similar fishing spoon brand works phenomenal on the Canadian lakes. As a rule of thumb, the darker colored spoons work best on cloudy days, and the lighter colored spoons work best on sunny days. I've personally had my best luck with yellow spoons in the sun, and red or orange spoons in the shade, but it never hurts to experiment with every color to find which design suits your fishing needs the best. More of a pike bait, spoons work surprisingly fantastic for walleye fishing as well. I've frequently had better luck catching walleye with spoons than with live bait, although it never hurts to have a few live minnows along for your walleye fishing as well. Catching your limit of both pike and walleye, however, using spoons alone on a good Canadian fishing lake is as easy as tossing fresh fillets on the grill for dinner, and ten times as fun. Daredevils go for $6 to $10 a piece, but some similar generic brand fishing spoons can sell for under $3. Be advised, spoons can be lost easily to snags, so it never hurts to carry at least a dozen along for a weekend of Canadian fishing.

So save your fortune for your first deep sea fishing adventure. If you're going to Canada, it won't cost you much to reel in more fish than you can handle. So long as you have an ample supply of the above referenced two lures, about the only other things you'll need is your rod, reel, line, liters, a camera for you trophy catches, some Shore Lunch for your fillets, and an empty stomach.


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