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how to put fish in the boat after fnding the hot spots.

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

Quinte Walleye fishing

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With the weather being so crazy lately the fishing has been a bit up and down, Although since the opening weekend a few weeks ago I have managed to get a couple fish every time I’ve gone out (9 trips so far) the fishing really seemed to turn on this weekend for me. I tried fishing the east end of Hay Bay fairly consistently over the past couple weeks to try and pattern these fish and this weekend I found that on Friday I fished for a couple hours in 12ft of water  with a slight westerly wind and got 2 4lb’ers, After successfully releasing them to fight another day I decided to pack it in and try again Saturday.  On Saturday Afternoon with a moderate westerly wind and hitting the wind blown shore in 7ft of water that the walleye would hit just about anything I through at them I only fished for an hour and although the fish weren’t huge I had limited out and had enough for a fish fry for the family, Sunday there was almost no wind at all and I found 2 keepers in approx 4 hours, I released them in the hope of finding them again later this season.

I found that in the windiest weather all the fish were caught when heading in a southerly direction, also I found them suspended off bottom in about the top 4 feet of water, I have had the most success over the past few weeks using these 4 presentations.  The new Rapala Scatter Rap,  A shallow diving jointed husky Jerk , or, a Worm Harness with various weights approx 18″ in front of the harness,  and a CC Shads. All pulled behind a planer board to get it away from your boat. Also depending on the depth you are fishing these presentations may be more effective with diving apparatuses to aid, or you might have to shorten up the length of line out if you are fishing shallow. Of course I know there are many other combinations that have been working for you but these have been working well for me.

good luck out on the water.

 

 

 

 

Post Spawn Walleye

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This weeks Tip Of The Week is about Post Spawning walleye.

Well its almost time. I’ve been checking some areas of the Bay and I can tell you the walleye have been in full spawn.

Many anglers believe that after walleye spawn that the walleye are so tired that all they want to do is rest. This idea is false. The thing is walleye have just finished one of the most difficult activities that they have to do all year, so as soon as they come out of the rivers they go and seek out shallow flats where there are plenty of bait fish and feast. Even though the females seem to have an agenda to get back to the big waters immediately after spawning, the Males will spend the next 2 weeks hanging around the spawning area’s before they start their journey back to the big water them selves. How shallow you ask 7-10 feet and less.

I have found post spawn walleye in 2 and 3 feet areas, and in some cases they are so shallow that their dorsal fin breaks water. Most anglers aren’t willing to go in these area’s and for good reason, remember your fish finder is generally 1 to 2 feet below the surface and as you troll these shallow areas your prop will be skimming over the top of the fish and stirring up the bottom. This means your fish finder generally will not be able to pick up any sign of fish activity, this does not mean the fish are not there they are just moving out of the way of your boat. That is why especially in the shallows it is a good idea to troll with those planner boards getting your line away from the boat where these walleye will be going as they try to get out of the way of your motor.

Remember Slow presentation is key in the spring, and match the hatch, I hope these tips have helped over the past few weeks and good luck in the Kewanis Walleye Derby this coming weekend if you are participating.