Fishing & Boating News
(Jun. 22, 2011 - ) I think the prettiest fish in the world is a walleye pulled from a shield lake. They seem to have a rich, caramel color unmatched by any other region in North America. Maybe it's because of the dark water in many of Ontario's thousands of Canadian shield lakes. Or maybe it's simply an extension of the colorful personality you find in Ontario's places, people and attitude.
At least once every early summer, you'll find me in my Polar Kraft prowling for walleyes in Ontario. If you haven't done the same, I highly recommend that you do. And when you're lucky enough to experience it, here's a proven approach to filling your livewell and memories with golden walleyes!
An ideal shallow bay will be between 4-8 feet deep with a feeder creek and a hard sandy bottom. If rubble and some weeds are mixed in, even better! I'll often begin fishing with a "search bait" presentation to cover a lot of water and find active fish. Trolling with a 1Z2 ounce bottom bouncer and a 5-foot snell with a spinner rig and night crawler is a great search bait strategy.
Active Fish Found
Experiment with plastic bodied jigs, hair jigs and "naked" jigs too and find out what the fish are responding to. I really like to use jigs with an attached fluttering blade. In addition to providing some extra flash and vibration, the blade slows down the rate that the jig falls. Active fish like to hit that jig on the drop, so if you slow it down it'll stay in the strike zone longer.
If the fish aren't hitting your jig when you pitch it and let it fall, try dragging it instead. Start with a very slow, steady drag with gentle jigging. But don't be afraid to throw in some snap-jigging too. Sometimes that aggressive "snap" incites a reflex bite from a walleye that you wouldn't get with a gentle OEpop."
Clustered Fish & Bobbers
I hope you can make the trip soon. Take a bunch of pictures while you're there and feel free to email me some photos at email@example.com - so I can see how you did!
Babe Winkelman is a nationally-known outdoorsman who has taught people to fish and hunt for more than 25 years. Watch the award-winning "Good Fishing" and "Outdoor Secrets" television shows on Versus, Fox Sports Net, WILD TV, WFN and many local networks. Visit the winkelman website for air times where you live.
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