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I’m often asked what to use on what fish. I like using what other people aren’t using so I don’t fish with the YR 5-of-Diamonds very often. However, I’d recommend that pattern as the best place to start for most species.
I like to match the size of the lure to the size of the water I’m fishing. In other words, little streams, little spoons. Big rivers, heavy spoons. Little shallow lakes with small fish, smaller spoons. Big deep lakes with big fish, biggest spoons.
These are my preferences. Please develop your own list.
Richard Pallister is the Director of Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd. He has been with the company full-time since 1974. "Rick's Retrospect" is a series of blogs where he will share his tips, tricks, opinions and stories. Photo Credit: "Sportfish of Alberta" - The Alberta Guide to Sportfishing 2015.
The Canadian provinces and Territories have thousands of kilometres of rivers and creeks systems that are loaded with a wide variety of fish species that are eager to bite a Len Thompson lure. These waterbodies create a wide variety of fishing opportunities for shoreline anglers. And if you don’t live near a river or creek system, you can always take advantage of the thousands of stocked trout ponds scattered across the Canadian provinces.
Each province’s conservation organizations or hunting and fishing clubs stock and maintain trout ponds for the public’s fishing pleasure. The majority of these ponds are free to use and are accessible by foot, and offer some incredible shoreline angling for rainbow and brown trout.
It’s not uncommon to see fly fisherman presenting a well-placed fly on the ponds, streams, and river systems access North America. However, what if you’re not a fly fisherman? One of my favorite lures to cover water fast, is a #6 Len Thompson spoon in a variety of colours. I cast the lure out and start with a slow retrieve. The retrieve is just fast enough to keep the lure moving and often bumping the lure off the bottom. If the fish are looking for something a little more aggressive, I retrieve the lure faster which will lift the lure higher off the bottom. The faster you retrieve the lure will determine the lift of the lure. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Many times I’ve caught trout only a foot or two beneath the surface.
When to speed up and when to slow down your retrieve
Fishing from the shorelines can be some of the best angling opportunities and can produce some real trophy fish. Also, it’s not uncommon to have these waterbody to yourself, as they are often overlooked by other anglers.
Good luck and please practice catch and release and whenever possible, take a youngster fishing.