Lesson Learned During Southern Ontario Trout Opener

Lesson Learned During Southern Ontario Trout Opener
Lesson Learned During Southern Ontario Trout Opener

April 25 was the trout opener in Southern Ontario. It's an annual tradition that attracts all types of anglers, from young to old, beginner to advanced, and everything in between.


On some creeks and rivers people, camp out right on the banks to secure a spot. These people really love their trout fishing. It seemed like every creek from Port Hope, Ontario, west to Oakville, Ontario, had crowds of people. I guess after a brutally cold winter, a lot of people were desperate to get out; I know I was.

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(Johnny Alves photo)

The weather during the opener was a bit adverse this year. I usually wear a t-shirt and hip waders, but this year I wore neoprene chest waders and a heavy winter jacket. It was cold. That being said, I wasn't as lucky as I wanted to be to open the 2015 season.


The following weekend after the opener, I went back to the same creeks but this time there were only half as many people. I gained some excitement; I had some space to myself. This is when the action began for me.

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(Johnny Alves photo)

I started with an egg pattern, but the fish didn’t seem interested. I switched over to a worm pattern and after my third or fourth drift, I finally hooked up to my first fish, a small 3-pounder. On my very next drift, my float vanished, I set the hook and an out-of-water acrobat event unfolded. A fat silver trout, around 10 pounds, began to head-shake before snapping my 6-pound-test fluorocarbon leader line.


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(Johnny Alves photo)

Licking my wounds from a nice fish that just kicked my rear end, I tied on a new leader and hook as quickly as possible, and continued drifting the pink Berkley worm. The action continued for the next hour before the fish were onto me.

Most of the time I was drifting a Berkley trout worm, since that was the bait producing the most strikes. Also hooked a few fish using flies and tiny tubes jigs.

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(Johnny Alves photo)

This year’s trout season opener reminded me of a good lesson: Don't ever give up; going back to try again just might pay off. It’s difficult to catch a fish while sitting on the couch.

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(Johnny Alves photo)

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