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Fall Walleye on the Bay Of Quinte

As the year goes by and the summer grows short, children start the dreaded school year, and people are starting to pack up cottages, and trailers.  Most people tend to think that the open water fishing season is quickly coming to an end. Well I’m gonna tell you that when it comes to the fishing walleye in the Fall months, this can be, and usually is some of the best fishing times of the entire year.

Here on The Bay Of Quinte we are just gearing up for the busiest time of the year. This is the time of the year where many people flock to the Region in hopes of landing a trophy walleye of a life time, A true worthy wall mount. The best time of the year to catch those monster eye’s is between October and the end of November or until the ice no longer permits you to get out on the open water.

As the temperatures drop drastically throughout the fall, the walleye migrate from the open water of Lake Ontario into The Bay Of Quinte, in preparation for the Spring spawn, and the fishing gets better and better. This is a perfect opportunity to get out and catch that fish you were looking for all summer long. it is not uncommon to see many fish from the 9 to 13lbs range on a daily basis, and even up to 15/16 lbs can be caught frequently. But don’t be fooled, even though many of these fish are caught daily Quinte is a master at the ultimate tease.

I have been  out for days at a time with great numbers of fish on the graphs, and on our lines, and just when you think you are a master at catching these finicky fish and you cant do anything wrong, you go out the next day and they have all disappeared on you and you need to start from scratch finding them again.

I am on the fish year round have many producing spots around the Bay, so if your one of those people that figure the fishing season is over in September and put your boat away for the winter but wish you could get out on the water during this time, then give me a call i’d be happy to book you a trip out this Fall. Who knows maybe i can help land that personal best Walleye you’ve been dreaming of.

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Getting mid summer Walleye on the Bay of Quinte

Hello folks I decided to do this little piece about catching mid summer walleye because I have had several people telling me that it has been very difficult this season to land walleye on the Bay Of Quinte.  Now I haven’t fished the Bay at all this year until last weekend when a good friend of mine asked if I would fish a small local derby with him on the bay.

Reluctant to go into a tournament without pre-fishing the bay this year I quickly said “OK, let’s do it” LOL. I can tell you that after the first hour of fishing we had already landed our first 3 walleye we had a bit of a lull and by 11:30am we had landed 7 Eyes 3 sheep head a few pan fish and had a few big fish get off our lines before we had the chance to see them LOL.

So I can honestly say I’m not sure what people were talking about when they said there are no fish in the bay or that they aren’t biting.

Here is what I can say tho. I know that the season over the past 2 seasons have been a late spawn, and not just for the walleye either but for many other species as well. What does this mean for the fishing?

1st   Well if it’s a late spawn that means many of the targeted fish were still up the rivers when the walleye opener happened. Probably for many weeks later than usual. So most of us were trolling for walleye in the shallow waters and they hadn’t even made it back to the main body of water yet. Now im not saying that all walleye head up river to spawn because they don’t, but a large part of the population do.

2nd    As per the info I received from the MNR this spring over the past 2 years the walleye spawn has been incredible on the Bay, but again not just the walleye but the Pike, Bass, and many other species as well. This is amazing news for our fishery for the future.

Now what does all this mean for trying to land those mid summer walleye’s?

1st we know that it was a late spawn so they are weeks behind where they normally would be at this time of the year. The water temperatures are a bit cooler than it would be for this time of year. Does this affect the fish? The answer is, of course it does.  2nd we know that the hatch was incredible as well and Walleye being a predatory fish means there is plenty of food for them. So how do we translate this information into landed fish?

Ok 1st we need to look at our baits, will we need a bait that replicates natural food, or maybe a bait that replicates an easy meal? Or maybe a bait that entices a strike by pissing them off?

I will tell you what we did last weekend. First we looked at the wind direction for the morning, once determined what was going to be the windblown shore line we headed in that direction. Next we chose a bait that would look like an easy meal (worm Harness) , if there is one thing we’ve learnt about walleye is that they like to feast first thing in the Am on easy targets in shallow cool waters, we had our first 3 walleye in this situation by about 8:30am. Once the bite slowed down we decided to move into deeper water not too far from the shallow water feeding ground, and we changed our bait to a reaction bait (a bait to piss them off a bit) such as a Rapala Scatter Rap. On this bait we had another 4 walleye hit our bait and it was time to go weigh in. we  came in 5th place for the tournament with our best 4 fish weighing in at 13.3lbs.

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I hope by telling you what we did to put our fish in the boat helps you out if you are one of those having trouble with the eyes this summer.

Good luck and tight lines