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Has anyone been fishing the Port Maitland pier from shore lately? I used to head down there all the time, but I've only been down once this year so far. Does anyone have any techniques or best time of the day to suggest. I'd prefer Bass and Pike, but really I'll fish just about anything.....Thanks people! :Gonefishing:

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Hi Tech........A bud of mine was telling me they were getting some walleye at the mouth of Maitland last week , but just off shore in a boat . You can prob. get bass anytime there now from shore using anything from minnies ,worms ,crayfish,leeches, senkos, tubes, spinner baits etc. Sometimes it's best to go there and snoop :lol:

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I usually head down there for perch, but I have caught bass from there as well. I usually use a big sinker on the bottom of a pickerel rig with size 6 hooks, and minnows as bait. I have found that with live worms the gobies are hard to keep off your hook. I have never caught any walleye off of the pier, but I have seen people catch them, and that was usually at dusk. They were using a float and a minnow, but they were hooking into a lot of sheephead too. I think the walleye was kind of a fluke thing. I have used 1 inch Berkley chartreuse tubes for perch, but I haven't ever caught anything on them.As far as senko's, and spinners, I haven't tried them and I haven't seen anyone using them there. Although senko's might work for some bass.

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It must be me but I find pier fishing you have to use live bait...

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I've found a few things are pretty consistent there. The best spots seem to be at the rocky point at the very start of the pier, and off the end (which on weekends can be pretty busy). I was down there two Saturdays ago and got a couple of small largemouth and smallmouth bass off the start of the pier (all released), river side. In some cases they were picking up the jigs a few feet from the rocks. I tried spoons, but no Pike. I also tried on the lake side immediately west of the pier, but the water is just to clear and shallow to hold any real fish during the day, as you can see your lure from a long ways off.

Right at the half way point of the pier (where the "elbow" is) a European guy was fishing a minnow under a float (3' lead) and was getting a sheephead about every minute. He must have had about 25 of the 3 lb variety on a stringer.....fine dining I guess..heh...

I have to imagine that since they fixed up the pier and filled the river side with rubble, the fish habitat near shore has really improved.

I know that the rocks at the end of the pier at the "mudline" between the river and lake is quite good, but there almost always seems to be anglers that come down from Toronto, even in the early morning hours, so it's usually occupied. :lol:

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MMMMM... Sheephead :Gonefishing:

Don't knock em till ya try em :unsure:

While I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to catch a mess of them, I've said it before on this forum and I'll say it again... sheepshead have flesh just like smallmouth and contrary to popular belief, they are not bony at all. I wouldn't eat the huge monsters, but the smallers one if it was mortally wounded, yup I'd take it home!

Took one home last year to try it and turned out decent.

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Left at 2 a.m this morning arrived at Port Maitland at 3 a.m. Was expecting the pier to be empty, but there were 5 or 6 other guys there with glow bobbers. Flatt's and were out of minnows, and of course the minnow trap turned up nothing. So, worms was the live bait of choice. Tried that for a while, caught a little cat (released) and a few gobbies. Spinner baits, and a few small Rapala's turned up nothing either. Pretty slow day, I think the perch have moved on by now...out of the reach of shore fishermen like myself. We tried the very end of the pier, worked my way down slowly, and then over near the brown metal wall with picnic tables and still nothing.

Highlight of the outing was the view of the stars at 3 in the morning from the end of the pier.

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I think the perch have moved on by now...out of the reach of shore fishermen like myself. We tried the very end of the pier, worked my way down slowly, and then over near the brown metal wall with picnic tables and still nothing.

I've always found that Port Mailtand is best in the early Summer, as the fish seem to go deeper as the summer drags on. Mind you your chance of "incidental" catches of big fish is always possible.

Also, Largemouth bass often hang out just up the road off the shore of the Grand, kind of where the red barn/marina is. Large crappie there too throughout the whole summer. There are some submerged pilings there ,etc. that make it best by boat, but you can fish it from shore, just lots of snags.

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I am not sure what location you are talking about Technosis. I have heard good things about fishing mohawk marina, but I couldn't find it. The only marina I saw on the way to the pier is "Port Maitland Marina", right after the skydiving building.

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I am not sure what location you are talking about Technosis. I have heard good things about fishing mohawk marina, but I couldn't find it. The only marina I saw on the way to the pier is "Port Maitland Marina", right after the skydiving building.

The area that I am talking about is about 100 yards north of where the metal retaining wall ends at the north side of the riverside park in Port Maitland (pier side). The "marina" that I'm talking about is really just a marine repair/salvage yard that is on a dead end section of the road just up from the riverside park. This area in front of the houses on the Grand often holds largemouth.

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Oh okay, I know what your are talking about now. Is that the spot referred to as "Mohawk Marina"? I have seen guys down there from shore...never thought anything of it though. Next time I'm down there I'll give it a try though. Thanks alot Technosis

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