Category: walleye-lakes

Hi Italo, seems like orange and chartreuse are two effective colors for walleye lure and plastic twisters. What do you think about these two colors and walleye fishing?

Posted on April 6th, 2022

Hi Dako, yes orange and chartreuse work well especially in clear water to attract Walleye. I also like to use black, white and pink twister-tail grubs and they also work well throughout the day and at different depths and water color.

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Good morning I would like to know what to do I fish southern Alberta resivoirs for walleye and small lakes for rainbow trout I purchased a 1625 Lund boat I would like to put either a bow mount trolling motor or a 9.9 mercury pro kicker on the back end

Posted on January 11th, 2022

Hi Lawrence, good question. If you mostly fish live-bait (slow-troll, cast & retrieve lure/bait combination or troll less than 1 mph in shallower water with small waves or flat water), I would suggest you consider getting an 80 lb. thrust electric trolling motor that has GPS anchor & tracking ability for slow-trolling.

If you are primarily troll using body baits, worm-harnesses and need a trolling speed of 1-2.5 mph in all water conditions (wind & waves), you are best off installing a kicker outboard. If you do end up getting a “kicker” outboard I just wanted to let you know that you can install a https://panthermarineproducts.com/electro-steer-and-steering/ system that enables you to control the speed and direction of your kicker independently…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, i am just curious about blue lure color and walleye. When would you use a blue colored lure for walleye? Some people consider it a clear water color, but some use it in stained it seems? Thank you

Posted on December 16th, 2021

I try and match the lure color to forage I believe the fish are feeding on.

Blue Lures.
The Rapala Jointed Shad Rap in the bleeding-blue color can work excellent when Walleye are feeding on open-water blue-back baitfish.

In the case of Walleye, blue or purple back lures with silver sides are one of my favorite to troll with in the fall when larger Walleye start to stage for winter and feed heavily on forage like immature Gizzard Shad and other forage that have blue backs. In northern lakes where Walleye learn to feed on imature Cisco (Lake Herring), the same principle applies.

Blue Lures.
Bright UV fluorescent colored lures work great in mid-summer when algae blooms of tannins in the water make for turbid conditions.

If I fish really stained water in the summer from algae or tannic water from minerals in our northern lakes I often go to a bright chartreuse or UV fluorescent colored lure.

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Happy Christmas season to you, Italo! Questions: Have you fished Lac Seul for Walleye and, if so, what was your strategy for best success? Thank you! John Barr

Posted on December 3rd, 2021

Hi John, thank you for your kind wishes. We also wish you and your family a blessed Christmas celebration. I have not had a chance to fish Lac Seul yet. I have been told by many people that it’s one of the best Walleye fisheries in North America. If I was to fish it, my strategy would depend on the time of the year and where I would locate the fish in the lake. It could be bottom-bouncing harnesses or jigs/soft-plastics or even jigs/bait, or trolling body baits flat-lining or with in-line planer boards, or casting crankbaits to structure/weeds and even vertical jigging for them. We both know that conditions can change daily and to catch fish strategies need to change too!

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Hi Italo this is Kam just wondering how you and the family are doing and I heard that you have moved,the question I have is I am still trying to figure out where to fish at my parents cottage on rice(Hastings) end.My question is is there an app I can put on my phone to fishing hot spots.If you are in the area and need someone to fish with would love to do it again

Posted on September 5th, 2021

Hi Kam, nice to hear from you. How’s your golf game? Yup, we’ve moved. I am not aware of any other app to help you on Rice Lake. We have quite a few fishing spots on our UFindFish app but I know you may have used it in the past. Hope you figure out the fish on Rice Lake…God bless you.

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Hello Italo, First of all I would like to say that you are 1 of the best teachers for fishing multi species I’ve seen on TV…thanks. I like to fish weed line walleyes from late spring-early fall (hunting after that), & I have 3 spinning rods, what lure would you recommend for each? Footnote: The forage base in the lakes I fish is primarily yellow perch & sunfish/bluegills. Also, would you tip a bucktail jig with a piece of real nightcrawler?Sincerely,Les Baylor9/2/21

Posted on September 2nd, 2021

Hi Les, thank you for your kind words. Sounds like you like to catch weed-Walleye as much as I do.

Walleye
The Rapala Tail Dancer #9 in the hot-chub color is excellent for casting and trolling off weedbeds.

I would suggest you rig one rod with a Rapala Tail Dancre #9 hot-chub color (TD9 HC) that looks like a perch and has a walleye-tantalizing wobble. It dives down to 12′ on a long cast. For average casts it dives down to 8′ which is ideal for weed-walleye.

Walleye
The action tail of the Lil Magic is ideal for casting to weeds and drawing Walleye out to strike.

The second rod I would rig with a 3 1/2″ paddle-tail soft-plastic minnow like Fishing Compete Lil Magic Swim , and on the third rod a 1/4 or 3/8 oz black bucktail jig. I would not recommend tipping it with a piece of nightcrawler. Just fish it as it is and snap-jig it in and around the edges of the weeds.

Walleye
A black buctail jig equipped with a bananna head is ideal for snap-jigging around the weeds.

Walleye will usually strike it on the drop so when you go to jig up you will feel a fish on.

With all three it’s important to be as close as you can to the edge of the weeds and even hit some of the weeds. If you use a braided line you should be able to “snap” any light weeds off with a quick lift of the rod….God bless you.

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My Dad and I are going to be fishing the Kawartha lakes for walleye the second week in September weather permitting. Any suggestions for success?

Posted on August 20th, 2021

Second weed in Sept. should be excellent fishing in the Kawartha Lakes, ON for Walleye. Look for them off the large weed beds in any of the Kawartha Lakes where the depth is anywhere from 7-12′ deep.

Vibrax Spinner.
A Vibrax spinner tipped with half a nightcrawler and fished close to the bottom off weeds can be deadly for Walleye.

 

If there is a low wind you can drift and fish a #3 Vibrax spinner tipped with half a nightcrawler and fish it close to the bottom close to the weeds. If it’s calm you can cast the spinner/worm combination or even slow-troll close to the weeds. The key is for the spinner to work near the bottom slowly. You can also cast 1/4 or 3/8oz black bucktail jigs and work them very close to the weeds and in the weeds pockets. You don’t have to tip the hair jig with a worm.  Lastly, you can slow-troll a worm harness with one or two split-shot sinkers about 16″ up the line and fish them also close to the bottom near the weeds. Hope you have a great trip…God bless you.

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Hi Italo,I hope all is well. I have started fishing in the Niagara region. I am fishing Lake Ontario for salmon and trout around St. Catharines. I wanted to explore pickerel and pike fishing. Do you have any suggestions for the Niagara river, lower or upper (Canadian side) for pike or pickerel?Thanks

Posted on July 25th, 2021

Your best bet for Walleye is trolling Lake Erie’s with either Dipsey Divers, Jet Divers or bottom-bouncing sinkers with worm harnesses from 40-70′ depths. You can catch Walleye in the Lower and Upper Niagara but you have to work hard for them. Most anglers in the river will use jigs on the bottom for them.

Pike fishing can be good in the Welland River (Chippewa Creek), in the marina basins in the Upper Niagara and at Jordan Harbour. Port Colborne, ON in Lake Erie is also good for Pike in the spring before all the weeds fill in…God bless you.

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Hi Italo this is Kam just wondering how you and Barb are and if you have any suggestions for walleye charters.I was also wondering about good walleye resorts that you can drive to I was thinking about going back to Garden Island Lodge on Lady Evelyn but was wondering if you could reccomend another place thanks

Posted on June 23rd, 2021

Hi Kam, nice to hear from you. Barb & I and the pups are doing great. God is meeting all of our needs. Hope you and your family are well also. The closest Walleye charter I would recommend for you is on Lake Erie. I have filmed with Jeremy Brooks who operates Trophy Taker Fishing Charters out or Erieau, ON. Contact him and ask him the best time to get both Walleye and Rainbows fishing in the same area.

With regards to a Walleye Lodge similar to fishing Lady Evelyn Lake, I would encourage you to check out Paradise Cove cottages on the West Arm of Lake Nipissing. The former owners of Mashkinonje Resort are now operating beautiful waterfront cottages on the Wests Arm of Nipissing where the fishing is excellent for Walleye, Large & Smallmouth Bass, Pike and Musky. I have worked with the Thompson family many years and will be filming there again this coming fall. I would encourage you to contact the owner, reganjthompson@gmail.com .

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Dear Italo,I hope you and your loved ones are all well in these volatile times.Thank you as always for your dedication for fishing community.My question:Please give your suggestions for a trip to Lake Erie in spring time- when to visit the best ,where to launch a boat and other things to consider based on your expertise – for walleye fishing?Thank you kindly.

Posted on February 18th, 2021

Hi Sergey, we are well. Hope you and your family are well also. In Spring the majority of Lake Erie Walleye are in the western basin west of Port Dover, ON as many spawn in the Detroit River. The excellent fishing starts there in late March and continues throughout June. You can launch at the LaSalle, ON or Windsor, ON public boat launch. By end of June as the Walleye move out of the river they head east & that is when the fishing is excellent out of Port Dover & Erieau, ON. Both have boat launches. You can fish further east in the spring out of Port Maitland, ON and also at the mouth if the Niagara River and off Crystal Beach, ON but the majority of the walleye then are in the western basin. Fish with a Passion, God bless you, Italo.

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