Best Lures for Ontario Fishing

Whether you’re in the hunt for  whitefish in Lake Simcoe, walleye in French River, or smallmouth bass in Eagle Lake, you want to use the best lures for greatest results. And we’ve put together a list of the top performing lures in use across the province, to help your decision-making process.

Len Thompson Yellow & Red

Image credit: #AlbertaStrong: LenThompson via Twitter

Image credit: #AlbertaStrong: LenThompson via Twitter

If you ask anyone in Northern Ontario about their lure-of-choice for pike, walleye, or lake trout, odds are they’ll all give you the same answer: Alberta’s Len Thompson Yellow & Red. Typically referred to as the Five of Diamonds because of the recognizable five red diamonds on the back of the bright yellow lure, these distinctive brass spoons are loved for the wide wobble they produce, making them a favourite for trolling or casting.

And they’ve even come out with a special issue version of their Yellow & Red to aid those affected by the Fort McMurray fire. The #AlbertaStrong lures come in blue or white, with the provincial flag and hashtag in place of their trademark Yellow & Red design.

Musky Killer

If your goal is to bring home a big musky or pike this spring nothing generates more flash and vibration in the water than the Musky Killer. They’re a must have for dedicated musky fishermen around the world. Musky Killers range in weight (from 3/4 oz to 1 1/3 oz) and blade colour choices (every colour combination you can think of!) to give maximum flexibility and accommodation of personal preferences.

But sometimes, oldies are goodies, for a reason.

The Jig

One of the oldest fishing lure methods, jigging dates back to early Polynesian fisherman centuries ago. And what is perhaps the most humble lure is also fishing’s most versatile. Depending on your choice of dressing, you can use your jig to attract everything from crappies, sunfish, and perch, to trout, bass, walleye, and pike. It’s also a year-round lure. For use in spring, summer, fall, or winter it’s often the only lure you’ll ever really need.

Jigs are also an ideal lure for first-time or beginners, due to their ease of use and versatility.

So now that you know what to use, what are you waiting for? Ontario has some of the best fishing spots in the entire country. Check out our list of Where They’re Biting to get started and let us help you find your favourite lake, river, or fishing hole.

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Happy fishing!

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