My wife Barbara, myself and mout pup Mulligan headed down to the Bay of Quinte on Fri. with our camera crew. Our plan was to fish Saturday morning and use a variety of techniques to catch walleye & pike on the Bay, and the film the Kiwanis 31st Walleye World event headquartered in Trenton, ON. As I was hoping, a late spring and high water produced excellent walleye fishing on opening weekend on the Bay of Quinte.
Thousands of angler fished through the night and during the day to catch a substantail number of walleye ranging form eating-size (1-3 lb.), right up to almost 12 lb.. Most of the large fish over 8 lb. were caught by anglers trolling shallow-running body baits such as the Rapala Husky Jerk #12 at night in water ranging from 10-20′ in depth. During the day there were lot’s of walleye caugth predominently on worm-harnesses and weighted-forward spinners fished within 1′ of the bottom.
We started fishing Saturday morning around 7am just south of Forester Isalnd and immediately started catching eating-size walleye fishing worm-harnesses with bottom-walking sinkers in 20-30′ of water. Within an hour we landed 5-walleye between 1-2 lb.. Next we pulled the new G3 out and drove down to Waupus, ON (about 20 min. south of Picton, ON), where we fished Rapala Tail Dancer #9 and twitched the Rapala Husky Jerk #12 for pike in 7-10′ of water. We caught a couple of pike between 5-7 lb. and than went back to Belleville, ON. On Saturday, around 8:30pm, we headed to Shannonville, ON and started casting the same Rapala Husky Jerk #12 in the Salmon River for walleye. In 3-casts I landed 2-walleye weighing about 3 lb. each and produced a couple of nice night-time fishing segments.
Today we spend the day interviewing and filming contestants that entered fish in the Kiwanis Walleye World Event, I did a seminar at the large fish tank, and enjoyed viewing all the great exhibits at the event.
If you love to walleye & pike fish in the Bay of Quinte, and you go out for opening weekend, if you have not entered the Kiwanis Walleye World Event, I would really encourage you to. Besides having fun, you could win part of the $250,000 in cash and prizes!!