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Fishing Ontario with Rose Vanrooy
Instagram is such a glimpse into the fish catching abilities and habits of fishermen and fisherwomen. Ontario's Rose Vanrooy considers herself addicted to fishing and judging by her posts we have to agree. She fishes every chance she gets. If she has a couple of hours, even before work, she is out catching bass and walleye. So, I was really excited when Rose agreed to an interview to let us learn more about this really cool and successful multi-species angler!
GFN: Your Instagram page is such a great display of so many different species. What got you started into fishing?
What got me started fishing was my Father and my Brother. They both are fishing addicts to say the least. When I was a little girl I fished with my family a lot on camping trips, when going out on our boat on Lake Erie and various other lakes and even fishing the pond up the street from our farm house. All while growing up fishing was my passion.
GFN: If you were only allowed to fish for one species for a year, which would it be and why?
If I was only allowed to fish for one species for a year, I would have to choose Muskie. I enjoy the adrenaline rush I get when one smashes my lure/bait. My heart beats so fast when I feel that initial hit on the end of my line and the power in these fish is unbelievable. Not knowing how big the fish is and the anticipation of whether or not it's going to jump out of the water is such an exciting feeling. My favorite part is releasing the fish back to it's habitat and watching it swim away. Sometimes you may even get a nice big splash as it waves goodbye.
GFN: What are your favorite techniques for fishing for muskie?
When I am targeting Muskie, I will troll or cast the weed lines, drop offs and the points/islands in and around the lake I am fishing. I usually target Muskie in 4-16 feet of water depending on the time of the year, time of the day and the temperature of the water. The type of lures/baits I like to use vary depending on the depth of the water, color of the water and time of the year you are fishing for Muskie.
When trolling I troll speeds from 3-5mph and when casting I will reel in at a fairly quick pace but also mix it up and slow it down or make a quick pause while reeling in. What has been successful for me is the Berkley Flicker Shads, larger size ones, Mepps bucktails, Mepps Tandem Muskie Killer, Live Target Sucker Stick Bait, Rapala Super Shad Rap in Perch Pattern. I really feel that if Muskie are hungry they will eat almost anything.
GFN: It appears that you do a lot of your fishing in the Kawarthas. What are your favorite Kawartha lakes?
Fishing the Kawartha Lakes is some of the best fishing around. I have been fishing Kawartha Lakes for 12 years now. I would have to say that Chemong Lake is by far my favorite Lake to fish.
There are many reasons why this lake is so special to me. Over the past 12 years I have dedicated a lot of time getting to learn this lake. I have learned where all the weed lines are, drop offs, sandy bottoms and rock shawls all are. I have done exceptionally well catching various species of fish on Chemong Lake including Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Muskie, Bluegill and Sunfish.
There are other lakes in the Kawartha's that I fish and have fished since living in the area. Some of those lakes include; Buckhorn Lake, Pigeon Lake, Scugog Lake, Balsam Lake. Pigeon Lake has some big bass and some monster Muskie. It also has a lot of areas with some great structure to target some good size fish. Everyone should experience the Kawarthas and the great fishing it has to offer.
GFN: What are some of your favorite fishing destinations outside the Kawarthas?
Some of my favorite fishing destinations outside of the Kawarthas are Lake Erie as you never know what your going to catch out of there. Such an amazing body of water with so many multi-species. I have family that live in Norfolk County and whenever I visit I always try to plan a fishing day with my brother on Lake Erie.
I also love to fish Lake Simcoe in the winter time for some jumbo Perch. There are so many different sections of the water where you can ice fish. You may also hook onto a nice Whitefish or Lake Trout when out there.
Just this Spring I learned how to fish the local rivers and creeks in the area for Rainbow Trout and Salmon in the Spring & Fall. There are some nice spots in and around Wilmont Creek in Bowmanville as well as The Ganaraska River in Port Hope. That's the exciting part about fishing various bodies of water. It's exciting to learn about all the different species the lakes have to offer and it's exciting to learn how to target various species of fish.
GFN: In July, you competed in your first tournament. Can you tell us about that day?
Fishing my very first tournament was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. It was a twilight Tournament through the Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL) on Scugog Lake in the Kawarthas.
I saw a post on Facebook the night before the tournament that the league was looking for a couple female anglers to go in the tournament. I did not hesitate as this is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I don't think I slept that evening after I got notification I was put on the list for the tournament.
The day of the tournament I was flooded with emotions. I felt excited, nervous, and anxious. It was a lake I had never fished before and I was also fishing with someone I had never met before. Once I arrived my nerves quickly settled and my excitement ramped up. Once we blasted off, the motor on the boat failed us. Unfortunately we were only able to use the electric trolling motor.
Despite the motor problems, it was a great event, I learned a lot and we managed to bring back four fish to the weigh in. I hope to be able to do another tournament real soon.
GFN: What is the fishing moment you are most proud of?
The fishing moment I am most proud of is when I hooked onto and landed my very first Muskie in Chemong Lake. They say Muskie are a fish of 10,000 casts. I think I was well over that when I finally landed my very first one. The fish screamed out line, jumped out of the water and was absolutely beautiful when I got it by the boat to net it. I hooked, reeled in, landed, unhooked and released this fish all on my own. Very proud moment and a memory that will last a life time.
GFN: What are your fishing goals for the next few years?
My fishing goals for the next few years are to fish more competitive tournaments for the experience and the excitement of it all. I would like to spend more time on the river to master the technique of float/fly fishing. Over the past couple of years I have wanted to get involved or volunteer in some local fishing events/fundraisers for kids.
GFN: Add this interview with Rose as another example of why I love doing this. Learning about great anglers in Eastern Canada and Northeast United States is so much fun! Thank you Rose for taking the time to do this. I appreciate it, very much. Check out Rose's Instagram to learn a lot more about the fishing she does and the many fish species she catches.