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#1 Snoop

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:26 AM

Was at Shortts lake this weekend, was still slow, only got 3 small pickeral between 15-18.5 inches. Two were caught on lunkerhunt pumpkinseed worms, and the other caught on a baby bass crank bait. Water depth was 2' for the biggest one, 4' for the 17 incher and 12 feet for the 15.
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#2 Tyrel2002

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:37 AM

I heard there used to be speckled trout in there. Anyone ever catch any?
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:30 AM

Any idea what the water temps were at Shortts?
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

I heard there used to be speckled trout in there. Anyone ever catch any?


I caught a nice one, oh must have been 8-10 years ago! And I caught it on 3cm floating rapala!
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

Yep I have as well, a lonngg time ago. I remember going there and catching my first bass from shore, I didn't know what the heck it was lol. Big and fought like a bugger. Never caught a trout in there since that day. Probably 15yrs ago. Even back then I don't recall anyone ever talking about chain pickeral...
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:39 PM

Any idea what the water temps were at Shortts?

My Fishfinder said 5 degrees, but it was only about 5 inches deep. Not sure if it's working correctly though.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:19 PM

My Fishfinder said 5 degrees, but it was only about 5 inches deep. Not sure if it's working correctly though.


Thanks for the info.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:46 AM

yea i took a temp reading off loon lane, aprox 40 F
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

Go up were the float plane parks use live minnow and you'll catch big pickies, no trout, anywere it is shallow they seem to hang out in April.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:18 AM

Thanks for the tips, I'm not big on using live bait but I will work that spot a bit with some different lures / plastics and see what i can turn up, heading up there tomorrow :) .
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:12 AM

Was out last weekend, between the two of us we got 13 bass, biggest being 18 inch just under 3 lbs, and 17 pickeral, biggest being 23 inch and just under 3 lbs. probably 25 of the 30 fish caught on spinners.
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

I heard there used to be speckled trout in there. Anyone ever catch any?


We have been fishing over at Shortts for over 20 years now, we have never seen a trout, some guys that I talked to years and years ago, told me that they used to catch trout there but then the pickeral took over.
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:29 PM

I'm thinking about heading out in my boat this weekend looking for some pickerel or bass, whatever I can get my hands on. I'll be using fly, so any suggestions on what type of fly and any hot spots on the lake?
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 07:00 PM

poppers. Had great luck with a white cone head wolly bugger. zuddlers, Mickey finn.
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:10 AM

Thanks marsh, any good coves I should look out for?
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:04 AM

All of them :)

The thing with Shortt's Lake is the fish are generally everywhere, and if you cover a bit of water you will find them. Right now the bass and pickerel are still shallow, cast to the shorelines pretty much anywhere on the lake and you'll find fish, and if you do find one, cover the area because there's usually more around. If you can find water less than 8 feet deep that isn't drowning in old dead weeds still, you'll find fish.
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:10 PM

Thanks for the help!
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:34 PM

A couple of friends and I were on Shortt's Lake today. I caught about 20 chains and among the 3 of us we caught about 40. We kept 9 in total. I caught the biggest at 22.5" that was 2.57 pounds (1.17kgs). Great day on the lake.
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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:43 AM

Hows the fishing for chain pickerel in Septemember through October? Someone in the big Newfie family has a cottage and nice wharf.


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Personal hook & line records:
Chain Pickerel - 24" 4lbs
Small Mouth Bass - 19.25" and 2lbs 1oz
Trout - 10"
Yellow Perch - 8"
Brown Bullhead - 10"
Shark - 120" Blue (dad's line actually :P )
Atlantic Cod - 36" (25 to 30 lbs approx)
Mackerel - tinkers
Scoulpin - who cares :angry:

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:59 AM

With the cooler nights all of the fishing is picking up on Shortt's right now. Lots of Smallmouth around, and plenty of big ones. I haven't caught a lot of pickerel in the last couple of weeks though, still not sure where they are hiding but I suspect they are getting more active now too and you will soon be able to find the larger ones everywhere on the lake. 


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