some friends of mine and i are going to go to canada in late may. to a lake named lake minitaki in sioux lookout, ontario. we will mostly be fishing for walleye but after we get our limit we would like to try to catch some big northerns or smallies. if u have ever been fishing in canada and have some tips for me that would be great! they went their last year and only used jigs and minnows and caught non stop walleyes but i would like to catch some really big northerns or even some lake trout. what lures or setups should i use for these fish thanks!!!
I used to get up to northern Ontario a couple times a year. My favorite pike lure is the blue/chrome 3/4 ounce rat-l-trap. (They cast a mile and you just let them sink and then reel in as fast as you can.) The chrome has a tendency to flake off so it's best to have a good supply. Second favorite is large white spinnerbait with Colorado blade. Third is 6-inch jointed fire-tiger minnow fished just above sunken weeds.
If you're fishing rock, you might want to try a floating rapala-type lure (with a black wire leader) on a three-foot section of mono or fireliine behind a stick bottom bouncer sinker. Try to make the sinker occasionally touch the bottom and troll just fast enough to make the lure wiggle. I've caught walleyes, pike and muskies that way.