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By Henri-Vine Hétu
Are you going fishing on a new lake or river and don’t know which lure to use? If so than you might end up fishing for hours without catching a fish. Len Thompson spoons of multiple sizes can come in very handy while scouting out new territory and that’s because just about every species of fish can be caught with them; Pike, Walleye, Trout and even Bass.
During the month of July 2015, I decided to go wild camping up in La Tuque, Quebec, with some friends and my dog by a lake that is approximately two kilometers from the nearest road. There weren’t any cottages situated nearby so we had the small lake and beautiful forest to ourselves. It was nearly perfect. The only problem was that we didn’t know which species of fish were in the lake and which lure to use.
On the first day we fished the entire evening and didn’t get a single bite. We had to cook some hotdogs on the fire for supper. We still weren’t getting results on the second day and were starting to believe the lake had no fish.
Finally in the evening I looked inside my tackle box to change things up. There, I saw my Reverse Red Len Thompson lure sitting there just waiting to be used. I attach the lure to my line, look around and spotted a beautiful fallen pine tree in the water. I casted my lure right beside the pine tree. I decided to retrieve it a little more quickly to make sure it didn’t sink too deep and get caught in some branches. On the first cast, BAM, this monster fish comes out from under the tree and the fight begins. After several minutes of a wonderful battle, we net an eight pound Northern Pike. This was my personal best for at least a year.
So if ever you’re out fishing on a new lake or river and don’t know what to use, try a Len Thompson spoon. You may be very surprised what will bite at the end of your line.
By Lisa Roper
I find these two methods work, for me, when it comes to fishing for Walleye with spoons.
As every angler knows, each day on the water can be quite different. There are so many factors that effect fishing in open water; when the ice melts into the lake, the depth of the open water, the outside temperature, the water temperature, and the amount of feed influence how the fish are biting.
The day I caught my personal best Walleye in mid-June, we had 3 days of rain prior to that morning. We headed out fishing at 7:00 am and by 10:00am it was already hot -- the daily high hit over 30 degrees and there was an active heat warning. The fish were hitting hard in 7 to 9 feet of water. In the morning I was having success catching Walleye with a No. 2 Len Thompson Super Glow Five of Diamonds. When we returned that evening the temperature started to cool down and the Walleye (including my personal best) were hammering down on the No. 13 Grey Ghost from the Dimpled Series – single hook. Both hooks had muted colours with pops of orange which we found very effective at the time.
I am beyond blessed to have landed a Walleye that I will always be proud of.
Lisa's story and the video (above) was picked up by CBC News in June 2018 when an Edmonton reporter saw her photo getting a lot of attention on an Alberta based Facebook fishing group.
He was 28.5 inches and unfortunately I didn't have the scale on the boat with me so I was a little disappointed," she said. "I would have loved to get a weight on him but I know I can tell you he was really heavy." Roper estimates the fish was well over 10 pounds but she doesn't believe it would have beat the 15.8-pound record for the heaviest walleye caught in Alberta. Still, Roper's smiling face was evidence that this was a big deal. Read more...
Spoons can be very effective for discovering honey holes quickly. When fishing from shore, you can't rely on electronics to find fish so looking for ideal structure and using your spoons to "search and cover" is a good strategy. The key is getting the lure right to the bottom where it can stir things up and trigger aggression in nearby fish. Len Thompson's are made of heavy brass so are easy to cast long distances and they get down deep. Work smarter, not harder.
TOP THREE PATTERNS
1. No. 11 (1/2 oz) - Dimpled Series - Sun Set
2. No. 13 (5/8 oz) - Dimpled Series - Candy Cane
3. No. 00 (1/2 oz) - Original Series - Yellow & Red Five of DiamondsTM
Note: Single hooks were substituted.