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Fried Fish: Pan


Fried Fish: Pan



A Northern Ontario classic. I’m sure at least one member of each family in this province has their own special fried fish recipe. Here’s mine!

4-6 fish filets of your choosing
Vegetable oil
½ cup flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup cornmeal
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp chili powder
2 eggs

First step to fried fish, mix your flour and cornstarch. Season generously with salt and pepper
Next, mix cornmeal and bread crumbs with seasonings and salt and pepper
Whisk eggs, add a splash of water to thin. 
Heat your pan over medium heat with ¼ inch of oil


This will be a three step breading process.
Start with the flour, then dip in eggs, finally coat with cornmeal mixture. 
Place fish in frying pan, cook until golden brown on both sides.

Put your own spin on the Fried Fish classic, and enjoy!

The Importance of Bringing a Cooler when Icefishing

63490_max has recently posted an article about why it is important to pack a cooler (or two) when icefishing. It may seem redundant to pack a cooler and ice when you're surrounded by it, but read on to find out why. 

One of the best reasons to pack a cooler when icefishing is to keep things (can you believe it) from freezing. When packing minnows as bait, keeping them in an iceless cooler can prevent them from freezing and keeping them easy to bait. 

Read's article here for more on packing coolers when icefishing. 


Trout Fishing in the Winter

tn_ice-fishing-for-lake-trout has posted a fascinating article about trout fishing in the cold season. The article is full of tips and advice for fishing the rainbow beauty in the winter. In the article they highlight that the trout is not more “difficult to catch” in the winter, they are just less interested. It is our job in the winter to make them interested with a bit more intellect.

Check out the article here and let us know if you have any other tips.

Ice Fishing Tip #10 – End with the Best


And last, but not least, ice fishing tip #10 from Outdoor Canada, "End with the Best". 

"If you can only go fishing a few times this winter, make sure it's at the end of the season. As the amount of daylight increases and the ice begins to honeycomb, most species-with the exception of lake trout and whitefish, which spawn in the fall-move toward the areas where they'll eventually lay their eggs. As a result, you'll find perch, sauger and walleye congregating in ever-greater numbers at the mouths of inflowing creeks, rivers and streams, as well as along windswept, rocky shorelines. Pike, on the other hand, start massing around the mouths of large, shallow, weedy bays, while black crappie flock toward small, black-bottomed coves or anywhere green pencil reeds flourish in the spring. All of this makes for the best ice fishing of the season. Just remember that the larger fish, even the plump perch and crappie, are most likely carrying eggs. So enjoy the frenzied activity—even keep a few small, immature fish for dinner—but release the larger ones. That way, we can all enjoy putting these ice-fishing tips to use for many more years to come."

Thank you  Outdoor Canada for the great tips! 

Check out the whole article in the link below.

Happy Fishing

Ice Fishing Tip #9 – Stay on the Move


Were nearing the end of our Outdoor Canada ice fishing tips. We have here #9, "Stay on the Move".  

"Catching lake trout during the winter is easy. The hard part is finding them. Many hardwater anglers spend far too much time fishing over deep structure-underwater points and reefs in the middle of the lake in 80 to 100 feet of water. Instead, it's much wiser to drill holes over and around structure in moderately deep water of 20 to 40 feet. And since lake trout—particularly the giant—-are meat eaters, serve them a hearty, four-inch tube jig, Williams Ice Jig or airplane jig in gold, silver or white or a baitfish pattern. Finally, don't forget that lakers are never numerous, at least not compared with walleye, pike and panfish, and they're always on the move. So keep mobile—30 minutes at one spot with no action means it's time to roll."

Ice Fishing Tip #8 – Look for the Lunkers


…And by lunkers were meaning Lake Trout! It seems like lake trout are easier to get to in the winter. Read more about it in ice fishing tip #8.

"Winter is unquestionably the best time of the year to catch lake trout because the fish are generally easy to get to, they never stop feeding and you don't need any special equipment. Winter's also the best time to catch a trophy laker of eye-popping proportions if you concentrate on big lakes with a history of producing big fish. You usually catch the largest trout from the biggest lakes because the fish can find places to hide from anglers for the number of years it takes them to grow to trophy proportions. Bigger waters also offer a smorgasbord of high-quality forage such as ciscoes, shad, smelt, suckers and whitefish. Finally, big trout lakes typically have plenty of bait-filled shallow areas the fish don't inhabit in the summer because the water is too warm. But that isn't a problem in the wintertime, and the plentiful food supply becomes available to them."


Ice Fishing Hut Reviews


Bit by the ice-fishing bug? Here is a great guide by Cabela’s to help you make a hut purchase.

This webpage provides descriptions of the different styles of ice-fishing huts, like flip-style and cabin-style, and suggests some factors to consider before buying (e.g. weight, size, thermal materials). Follow this guide, whether it’s Cabela’s huts you are interested in or another make, and it will help minimize the chances or rushing into a purchase and ending up with a tent that isn’t right for you.

Happy shopping! 

Alone on the Ice


Who says ice fishing requires company. One of the great things about fishing is the time is leaves for relaxing, thinking, and just enjoying the silence. Ice fishing is a great opportunity to appreciate the slower pace. With a nice fishing hut and a little planning, it’s easy to stay warm and well fed while out there on the ice. Cell phones optional.

Ice Fishing Tip #7: Wait for the Walleye


Outdoor Canada's ice fishing tip #7. Wait for the walleye.

"While dusk and dawn are the prime feeding periods for walleye, dusk is the more active of the two. But this daily feeding frenzy develops much earlier—usually 30 to 45 minutes before sunset—than most anglers realize. That's because walleye are triggered to feed when the light fades fastest, which in early and mid-winter is when the sun is sitting on or just above the horizon. So make sure you're out on the ice at least an hour before that, waiting. That way, you'll often be catching the fish when other anglers are only just walking onto the ice. Also be sure to pre-drill plenty of holes—covering a variety of depths—in advance of this half-hour whirlwind of activity so you can follow the wave of walleye."

Ice Fishing Tip #5 – Drop into the Zone


Here is's fifth ice fishing tip – drop into the zone:

"Pike epitomize how most fish feed in the winter-by looking for the silhouette of their prey against a light background. This makes the underside of the ice a magnificent backdrop. Indeed, pike are at their feeding finest when they can capture soft-rayed forage swimming above them in the water column. Black crappie, lake trout, perch and walleye behave similarly, so it's always important to present your bait or lure at the fish's eye level or above—never below. During mid-winter, it's equally important to monitor your sonar for crappie, perch, pike, trout and walleye streaking upward, particularly in lakes with free-roaming forage such as alewives, ciscoes, shad, shiners and smelts. These baitfish graze on plankton-microscopic plants and animals—that move closer to the surface in the winter when thick ice and deep snow reduce the amount of light that penetrates the water."

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