Category: bay of quinte

Hello! I was just looking for some info on catching Gar in southern Ontario.I’m planning on making a trip down to the belleville area in early July, and I was hoping to get an idea of where you might recommend I begin my search.Thanks!

Posted on March 20th, 2017

Hi Brandon, you can find gar pike in most large shallow bays all along the Upper Bay of Quinte from Belleville to Deseronto, ON. Best month is June when the water warms up. If you have not watched out gar pike show we did there I would encourage you to go to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel, and view each of the segments from the gar pike show; https://youtu.be/fBPwZG_MmE4?t=3 , which will show you the type of water to look for, the lure and presentation to catch them.

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Hi Italo,Hope all is well and your having a great fishing season. I want to go up to the Bay of Quinte next week for a few days and I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction of what part of the bay would provide the best fishing for size and numbers of bass, pike and walleye. As well somewhere to stay and some must bring baits. I already know about the tail dancer from reading your blogs.Thanks very much.

Posted on July 6th, 2015

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That’s a lot of questions. Firstly, Big Bay on the Upper Bay of Quinte is very good in July/Aug. for all three species you are planning on catching. I stay at the Comfort Inn, Belleville since it is close to all amenities and just a 15 min drive to the Point Ann boat launch. You can also stay at Baycrest Cottages & Marine right on Big Island where you can rent or launch your own boat. ¬†Must bring baits are; Rapala Tail Dancer #9 in “hot-chub” color is “KING” for all three species cranked around the weeds in 5-12′ water. You can also fish spinners/worms in the main Bay basin targeting open-water walleye. Spinnerbaits will also work well fished right along the shoreline weeds for pike and largemouth. I also fish the Rapala Dives To 7 Flat around the weedlines for walleye and the Rapala Shad Rap in the open pockets around the thicker weeds for largemouth. Hope you have a great trip. Looking forward to seeing your catches!

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Hi Italo, If you were using live bait on BOQ walleye at this time of year what size of minnows would you recommend ? Do the walleye tend to move up or stick in the south end ?

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Bill….I find it much easier to cast Rapala Tail Dancers (TD9 & 11) to the weedlines that end in 10\’ of water, or to troll the same lures about 200\’ back from the boat in the deepest stretches of the Bay of Quinte (Adolpus Reach, Glenora, ON), than to use live minnows. If you are planning on fishing minnows, I would suggest you fish the upper Bay of Quinte (Belleville to Hwy. #49 bridge) and use a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jighead/grub/minnow and fish it along the bottom. A hot-spot right now is Telegraph Narrows. This is probably the narrowest section of the upper Bay and there is always a slight current there that attracts feeding walleye…God bless you, Italo

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we have a 14 foot boat with a 15 HP motor and would like to do some fall fihsing on the Bay of Quinte. Can you please let us know a good location to launch and a safe place to fish? We have never fished Quinte and have no iead what to catch or expect. Thanks and God Bless

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Chris…I can recommend a couple of options for trophy fall walleye fishing on the Bay of Quinte. One option is to fish for walleye when they cruise into shallow water at night to feed. One of the most consistent areas to fish is right around the Belleville Pier. You can launch your boat right at the Belleville boat launch. The pier is only a few hundred yards away. You can anchor and cast, or you can troll anywhere from 20-50 yds. out from shore. Best trolling lure there will be a Rapala Husky Jerk #11 in the “clown-color”. The walleye move into 3-5\’ of water at night so you don\’t have to have much line out. Fifty to 100\’ is usually enough. Trolling a \’zig-zag” pattern will work best. The first couple of hours after dark is the most productive. I normally get there about 1/2 before dark just to get to know where the weeds/open water are around the pier so that by the time it get\’s dark I\’m trolling in the right spots. On most night you can see the locals casting Rapalas right from the pier and catching fish. The night-time fishing is usually best when we start to get air temperatures at night that are close to zero (late Oct.,/Nov.). The second option is to go to Picton/Glenora, ON (south-end of the Bay of Quinte). This is one of my favorite spots to fish from Oct. to ice-up. I normally either cast the Rapala Tail Dancer #9 in the “hot-chub” color along the weedlines that end in 10-12\’ of water, or I troll the Rapala Tail Dancer #11 (with a 200\’ lead of line it dives to 30\’) in water that is 70-100\’ deep, right in the middle of the Bay. If you are planning on casting the weedlines I would recommend you launch in Picton, ON (public boat launch), and as soon as you get out out of the marina channela, you can start cranking the weedlines in Picton Bay (both shores). If you choose to troll for the larger suspended walleye (up to 14 lb.), head east of Picton bout 10 min. to Glenora where there is a boat launch at the marina (they charge $5. to launch). If you choose to troll, as soon as you launch your boat head out to the middle and start trolling east (towards Lake Ontario). The water there will be about 60\’ deep, and the further you troll east, the deeper the water gets. The walleye will be feeding susupended at 15-30\’. You can flat-line troll, or use “in-line” planer boards if walleye are near the surface and spooky from the motor. Hope you catch lots of fish…God bless you and your family also, Italo

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hello, whould you still fish the weedlines even though they have all gone brown in colour,we couldnt find any green weeds,they all seemed to be dead in the picton bay and glenora area.i am still searching for that 10 pound walleye,thanks and God bless

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Mike…Yes, the walleye there are still realting to the weedlines. I have had my best success this fall fishing right in front of the boat-launch in Glenora and working the weedline that goes around the island and east towards the ferry-crossing. I have had my most consistent action fishing weedlines that meet the 40\’ contour break. Next time you are down check out your hydrographic chart and see which weedlines meet 40\’, there are not that many. The other thing you can try is trolling for large suspended walleye in open-water. I have had my best luck trolling right in the middle of the Bay starting at the Glenora Boat Launch and travelling east towards Lake Ontario. Try a 200\’ lead with a Rapala Tail Dancer #11, I have a feeling you\’ll get your 10 lb. walleye…God bless you too, Italo

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When will you be fishing the Bay of Quinte,Glenora ,Picton area again?

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Mike…I will probably be down there between the Oct.15-19. Check back with me next week and I may have some firm dates…God bless you, Italo

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hello,do u know when you will be going to Quinte again for walleye,is it better to wait till November?

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi MIke…The trophy walleye fishing is good there all fall, right through to ice-up. I\’ve booked Nov. 22/23 to do a trolling show for big walleye right out of the Glenora, ON boat launch. If you are there on those two days you will see the Canadian Sportfishing Seabreeze boat rigged with planerboats and the 20\’MIsty River camera-boat side by side. We will be trolling in the areafrom Glenora, ON and fishing east to about 5 miles (just before Bath, ON). That is an excellent time to troll for 4-14 lb. walleye using the Rapala Tail Dancer #11 in 70-100\’ of water (walleye feed suspended 15-30\’below the surface)….God bless you, Italo

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hello Italo, love the new site,we are going to Glenora for some walleye this thurs Oct 18th, how important is it to use planner boards when trolling crankbaits?will i get the same results without the boards?are you still going to glenora this week?thanks,mike,,hope to see you out there!

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Mike…Glad to hear you are enjoying the new look of our site. I have post-phoned my trip to Glenora, ON until Nov. 22/23 (to do trolling walleye TV program) because the walleye are still around the weedbeds (and I have already done lot\’s of shows cranking the weedlines already). If you head down on the 18th I would suggest you don\’t troll, but cast the Rapala Tail Dancer #9 along the weed-edges starting right at the Glenora, ON boat launch and working your way east (towards Lake Ontario and fishing the edge of any “significant”weedbeds (especially those that come quickly in contact with 40\’of water)…God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo, First time using a planer board on BOQ and took your advice and used a Firetiger Taildancer and the results were a 25 inch and a 27.5 inch walleye both weighing around 7 lbs. Once again you were right about the location caught both just east of Glenora in 40 feet of water. Many Thanks

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Bill….Well done for your first time trolling with planer boards! As the water temperatures drop and larger schools of baitfish move into the Lower Bay higher number of trophy walleye will move in also. The fishing get\’s better and better at that end of the Bay, right up until it freezes over….God bless you, Italo

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I was thinking of taking a weekend trip in the fall to the Bay of Quinte. When would be a good time to go? Where is a good spot or spots to target? What baits and methods would be best for this time of year? Sorry I forgot to mention I\’m after some of those famous walleye. Love your show and God bless. Thanks.

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Johnathan…Thank you for your kind words. Right now is an excellent time right through to ice up. I just got a phone call from my friend Larry Komidar who travels from Ohio, USA to fish the Bay many time per year. He arrived yesterday afternoon in Picton, ON and said it rained right up to 4pm. He went out and cast crankbaits east of Glenora, ON from 4-6 and landed 4-walleye ranging form 9-11 lb., and lost a couple. He is fishing today and tomorrow and than I\’ll get a full report on Sunday from him.

Best location right now: The weedlines in Picton Bay right around the corner past the Glenora ferry-crossing.

Best presentation: Casting crankbaits along the weedlines (from deep water to the weed-edge, from the weed-edge to deep water, and parralel to the weed-edge_.

Most productive crankbaits: Rapala Tail Dancer #9 (hot chub color), Rapala Tail Dancer #11 (firetiger color).

The colder the water gets down there, the more the walleye will suspend in open-water. That\’s when it\’s best to troll for them with planer-boards and the Rapala Tail Dancer #11…God bless you, Italo

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