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Fishing Lake Simcoe for Perch Using Soft Plastic Lures and Minnows

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to catch perch on Lake Simcoe? Soft plastic lures and minnows offer an excellent way to add additional variety to your perch fishing tactics. With the help of the right techniques and equipment, almost any angler can learn to cast, troll, and jig for perch in this great Canadian Lake.

Lake Simcoe is home to a wide variety of fish species, including many perch. These small, hard-fighting fish are a great target for lightweight tackle and offer a fun fight for any angler. Whether you’re targeting perch with traditional minnows or soft plastic lures, there are many different techniques you can use to increase your chances of success.

When fishing with minnows, the most effective approach is to simply cast them out and wait for the perch to find them. When using larger minnows, you may want to rig them with a trolling spreader bar, as this will help to get them down to the deeper sections of the lake where the perch are more likely to be found. Alternatively, you may wish to use a single bait casting rig with a light weight or shorter leader to keep your minnow from snagging in the weeds and rocks of the lake bed.

Soft plastic lures are also a great option for targeting perch. These lures are well suited for casting and trolling, and can often be a more effective way of enticing a bite from the fish. Low-resistance jigging is another great method of fishing for perch on Lake Simcoe, particularly when the waters are deep. This technique involves letting the lure sink to the bottom and then jigging it back up again, which not only helps draw the fish to the bait, but also helps to keep them hooked when they take a strike.

Regardless of what type of bait you’re using, there are a few key tips to bear in mind when fishing for perch on Lake Simcoe. First and foremost, be sure to keep your bait close to the bottom of the lake, as this is where the fish are most likely to be found. Secondly, make sure you’re using light tackle and lures designed for perch fishing, as heavier gear may be too much for the smaller fish. Finally, vary your speed and depth to see what works best for the given conditions, as different temperatures and turbidity can have an impact on where you’ll find the most success.

By following these tips, you should have no problem catching perch on Lake Simcoe with soft plastic lures and minnows. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting out, these techniques can help you reach your fishing goals and increase your chances of success.

Best Set-up for Swimbait Fishing Jumbo Perch

For the best swimbait rod set up, look for a medium power spinning rod with a fast action, around 7 to 8 feet long and between 5-15 lb line test. As for the reel, look for a 5.2:1 gear ratio or higher with at least 140 yds of 8-12lb line capacity. For line, use 8-12 lb monofilament or fluorocarbon line, depending on the conditions. Finally, for a perch you should use a size 4-8 swimbait with soft, slow jerking motions on a jig head or weightless, depending on the depth and weed cover.

Fishing Swimbaits For Perch Tips

Swimbaits are a great way to catch Perch. With the help of modern swimbaits, you can catch Perch with ease. Here are some tips to help you get started fishing with swimbaits:

1. Choose the right swimbait. Consider the size, color and action of the swimbait when selecting the right bait. Perch tend to go after smaller swimbaits, so think about selecting a size range between 2-4 inches long. Natural colors often work best, as Perch find them irresistible. Bright and flashy swimbaits also work well.

2. Find the right spot. Look for areas with structure, such as rocks, logs, weeds or other cover. Perch will often congregate in these areas, so you’re more likely to find them.

3. Cast the swimbait. Use a fairly light tackle setup so that the swimbait can swim freely and entice a strike from a Perch. Cast in a medium speed retrieve, as it will imitate the swimming action of a smaller prey fish.

4. Set the hook. When a Perch bites, keep a close eye on your line for any tension or movement. When you feel a strike, gently reel in the slack line and then set the hook with a quick and decisive action.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to catch more Perch with swimbaits. Good luck and tight lines!

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