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
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.
Over the next few weeks leading to the Walleye opener on The Bay Of Quinte I will be writing helpful hints and posting them to my blog this week my blog is about Planer Boards.
If you fish for walleye in The Bay Of Quinte one of the most useful tools to get the job done is the Off-Shore tackle Planer Boards, these light weight boards are designed to take your lure away from the boat allowing you to get more lines in the water without getting tangled, also by taking the lines away from the boat your lures will run over the fish without your motor spooking the fish. These Boards come as either right or left running which means they are meant to run on either the right or left side of the boat. One major advantage to running these boards is that it allows you to put your lure in very shallow areas while keeping your boat in deeper water or (safer) areas.
Many times when you run over fish they spook and move off to the sides of the boat which means as you run over them with the boat the fish actually swim away from your presentation, by using the boards you use them to your advantage in this case because as the fish swim to the sides they are now swimming directly into the path of your lures.
A great option that these board have available is you can buy a additional flag called a tattle flag what this does is when properly set up even if you have a small fish (bait fish, pearch, silver bass, or even weeds) on the line or if the fish is on a light bite, the lightest tug and the flag will go up and down repeatedly letting you know something is on the line otherwise it might be difficult to tell. I would suggest this tattle flag especially in the spring time.
I hope this Tip was helpful and come back to this site next week for you next Bay Of Quinte Tip Of The Week.
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