Over the past few weeks on The Bay Of Quinte and after bringing my boat home from Wellington as I was finished with the salmon season. I needed to find some walleye. So where does one go to find Walleye on Quinte? Located in Hay Bay I was able to quickly check some known hot spots to the locals and to my surprize many anglers were still fishing in very shallow water. in weed beds and high shoal points, as I am aware you can find walleye in these area’s during most of the season these are not the fish I was looking for. I am generally looking for a bit larger fish and I am not saying you can’t find the larger ones in the weeds especially in the spring, however in the late summer months I personally have found that larger fish that do not migrate to the bigger waters of Lake Ontario can be found roaming the flats in deeper water of the Bay.
I have had several successful outings lately boating more than our fair share of decent sized Eyes, ranging from anywhere from 2 lbs to 8lbs with the majority being over 5lbs. I narrowed down what I think are the contributing factors to landing these fish.
1st fishing the deeper water has helped.
2nd I always move away from the crowds of other anglers in search of the same fish, the less commotion and motors running over the fish the better the chances of catching.
3rd trolling the wind blown shore, these fish like any predator fish like to stay close to a food source. The minnows (shad), Pearch, and other small meals that the walleye feed on tend to get blown with the winds so this means as the wind picks up and the food sources get blown the walleye stay close by as to not loose their next meal.
after finding them, putting fish in the boat is the next step. As a guide it is a bit easier to move through my lure selections as I generally have more people in the boat than the average “Joe” which entitles me to have more rods in the water, this allows me to change up presentations more frequently narrowing down what the fish are looking for faster than lets say a single angler fishing alone. once I see what depth the suspended fish are at I choose a variety of presentations and put them in the vicinity of the water column that is just above where I am seeing most of the suspended fish. I do this as walleye tend to feed in an upward direction. once I start seeing action on my line I will change more of my lines to using the same bait that is working just changing up colour. when we have a colour that is producing more fish than another I put more of the same bait in the same colour out as I find walleye are creatures of habit and they will all be feasting on the same food source it seams.
good luck out on the water and stay safe