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Are there fish in the Rideau?

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Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby tinboat » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:13 am

Hi guys, I have a new account,but have been reading the forum for quite a while now. I used to mostly shore fish in town, but moved to the country and have a small boat now. I've been out on the Rideau between Kars-Kemptville several times this year and haven't had much luck. Previously I've caught pike fairly easily in the rideau, as well as some other species. This year I haven't had much luck at all. I've been fishing both sides of the weedline mostly in the evenings, using a variety of lures. (crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft baits, jigs.) All to no avail, except for sunfish. Im using braided line and a 4" leader. My question is, am I fishing the wrong spots and/or using the wrong techniques? Or is the Rideau not producing much this year? Any suggestions for different lakes or rivers for a novice to fish that aren't too far out?
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby River Monster » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:18 pm

Rideau has not been great to me this year.....actually starting to hate it there. i always found topwater worked well in the evenings. also cant go wrong with a senko.

Lots of lakes around suitable for a small boat. maybe be a bit further of a drive but well worth it, for a day of fishing. are you looking to target a specific fish or Just catch anything?
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby toobinator » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:42 pm

Perhaps instead of fishing the edges of the weeds, go into them. Texas rig a soft plastic or throw a hollow frog and fire it right back into the junk.

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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby seahawk » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:07 pm

You are not alone cause I got skunked often on rideau river fishing this year too but I am still going!
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby RJ » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:33 am

Lots, though I would say it's one of the tougher areas to fish. You have to get out the heavy stuff and fish in the junk. Most folks are afraid of weeds, but that's where the fish live.

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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby tinboat » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:33 am

Thanks to all for the pointers. I was out last night and this morning. Spent more time well in among the weeds and junk, and had much better luck this way. Caught a few pike and some little smallmouth. Also we used the flyrod a bit and got a crappie.
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby seahawk » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:31 pm

Interesting. You said a crappie hooked on your fly rod. When did you catch the crappie? In the weed and how deep? Thanks.
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby ShawnD » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:34 am

Fishing the weed edge like you've been doing is good sometimes, especially near deep water.
If they aren't on the edge, like Ed said, flip into the thickest / deep grass lines you can find.

And if all that fails, grab a frog and head to the back of a pocket and fish SUPER shallow. 6-8" of water.
I actually start in reverse order.. I find if they're shallow, they'll be aggressive or you might get a reaction bite out of them...

If you can find current, that's also something that produces on the Rideau

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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby lape0019 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:28 am

This year was a strange year for the Rideau. I typically spend a lot of time on there as it is close to home but I had trouble catching bass on it all season.

What ended up working for me was the frog and another topwater mostly. The rest (and largest) came off of a wacky rig under a tree.

The biggest thing to look for as stated already is cover. It doesn't have to be thick matt but it has to be cover. Docks, trees and matts will hold them. It is up to you to figure out when and where and what to throw though.

The tree I caught my biggest of the year on, I'd hit at least 3-5 times already this year. It was also hit by another angler a few minutes before we went over. For whatever reason, what they were throwing isn't what the fish wanted.
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby tinboat » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:59 pm

seahawk wrote:Interesting. You said a crappie hooked on your fly rod. When did you catch the crappie? In the weed and how deep? Thanks.


In the weeds, but deep enough that there was clear spots inbetween where the fly could land. It was probably 3-4 feet deep, and at about 6 pm.
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby Jason Daoust » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:54 pm

What type of leader are you using? I use straight 60lb+ braid or 20 pound sunline flouro and a Texas rigged worm or a frog (on braid). And fish the thickest stuff you can find ,
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby tinboat » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:46 pm

Jason Daoust wrote:What type of leader are you using? I use straight 60lb+ braid or 20 pound sunline flouro and a Texas rigged worm or a frog (on braid). And fish the thickest stuff you can find ,


I'll have to try that. I've been using a 9 inch nylon coated leader.
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Re: Are there fish in the Rideau?

Postby lape0019 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:16 pm

Jason's r recomendation about the leader is very good. Just learn how to tie a good uni to uni knot (lots of lubrication) and you'll be set.

In all honesty, I rarely use a leader and don't often lose lures. But that's up to you.
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