Free Info on Fishing From a Canoe, Canoe Camping, & Wilderness
Spoons, Spinners, and Other Tackle
If you are on
a wilderness trip, you can't be bringing a giant tackle box
with every lure you own. Rather, you need to pick out a
few of your favorite lures to pack in a smaller box.
Start with some Rapalas and
jigs and then add some of the lures
shown on this page along with your own favorites. Some of my
personal favorites are shown below on this page.
At the top is an inexpensive blue and silver
spoon that perhaps caught more fish than any other lure I own.
It was made by Viking Tackle and was a lighter version of a
blue and silver Little Cleo - unfortunately the company went
out of business! The shiny spoon in the middle is an
authentic Johnson Weedless Spoon - great for weedy areas
containing bass and pike. The lure on the left is an
authentic Redeye - a good pike lure. The bottom spoon is
an imitation DareDevil-like spoon. I like the cheaper
"knockoff" Daredevil-type spoons better since they are lighter
and snag less.
Large shiny spoons tend to work best in
darker stained waters or near evening or during dark rainy
overcast days. On one trip we caught some nice northerns
in some fairly clear water using spoons on a very dark rainy
day. Try trolling a lighter spoon if it doesn't twist your
line too much; the top spoon worked well for this. Also
try varying your retrieve: try a straight retrieve and also
try twitch the rod tip occasionally, reeling in slack.
Always use a snap swivel! This
prevents the lure from quickly cutting the line and allows the
lure to spin without twisting the line.
The spinners below, commonly known as "french
spinners", are a fairly reliable bait. The best spinners are
the ones made by Aglia. I tend to like fishing them in
shallower waters since they are a fairly light lure. In
certain instances, I have found them to be the only lure that
would produce so it's worthwhile to have at least a few along.
If you are in stream trout territory for sure you will want a
few #0 and #1 spinners along. For northerns and bass, go with
size #2 and #3. Usually the plain spinner (center) works
well but occasionally the squirrel tail (bottom) or
minnow-tipped (top) will work better.
To fish spinners, just use a straight
retrieve sufficient in speed to keep the blade spinning.
To get more depth, let the spinner sink a bit before
retrieving. A snap swivel is optional but I like to use it in
northern pike waters since it puts just a little more between
my line and a pike's sharp teeth.
The baits below, commonly known to some as
"buzz baits" are nice to have along for heavy weed situations
since the lure tends to bounce over the top of weeds and not
snag up with its single hook.
If you are going anywhere that has crappies,
you will want some jigs like the one shown below. They
will also catch other types of panfish.
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