Category: walleye-lakes

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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Italo,I love your shows and the obvious enthusiasm you have for fishing and the outdoors. I am taking my 14 year old son on a fly-in trip to NW Ontario this summer (COVID permitting). I fished a small lake near Sioux Narrows, ON from childhood through college with my dad, but it has been twenty years since my last Canadian fishing trip. I would love to hear your thoughts on what tackle a couple relatively amateur anglers should take on their first Ontario fly-in trip. We will be targeting Walleye and Pike.Thank you for your time and consideration.

Posted on February 1st, 2021

Hi Christopher, thank you for your kind words and glad you are planning on taking your 14-yr old son on a wilderness fishing adventure. You don’t need to take a lot of different tackle. Here are my suggestions:

Walleye

-good assortment of 1/8 and 3/8 oz jigs and assorted soft-plastics in the 3-4″ length (twister-tails, paddle-tail and streight minnows like the Italo’s Minnow from Fishing Complete)

-some Vibrax spinners in sized #2-#5 that will cover both small walleye and larger pike

-a few casting spoons in the 4″ length for Pike

-a few crankbaits that dive to 10′ (Rapala Dives To Flat #7, Rapala Tail Dancer #9, Original & Joined #11 Rapala for casting & trolling

-a few 3/8 oz white spinnerbaits for pike.

 

That ought to do it. Make sure to take some wire leaders and spool up with 30 lb. braid. Hope you have a great trip…God bless you.

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I remember viewing a show with you and your wife fishing off Manitoulin Island ; I believe in the early spring for rainbows. Is there a location you would recommend and do you have any information on a good walleye lake on Manitoulin.God bless and have a restful Christmas season

Posted on November 19th, 2020

Hi Wright Family, my wife and I did have a great time catching spring Rainbows in Manitowaning Bay and just off Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. I have not fished for Walleye on Manitoulin but I know anglers fish for them in Kagawong Lake, but I understand it can be challenging to catch them. The other lakes I know anglers fish Walleye are Windfall and Manitou Lake.

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Hi ItaloDo you know how the walleye fishing is out of Port Colborne? What depths are you fishing over at this time of year? What wind direction and wind speed would not be good to go out on? I have a 17’Tracker with a 90 outboard. Also would it be better to go out of Port Burwell or Port Maitland? I will becoming from Oakville.Thank you and God bless.

Posted on September 1st, 2020

Hi Russ, I have not been out of either location  lately but it should be good, especially out from Port Colborne , ON. This time of year they should be in 50-70’ water both suspended and near the bottom. Harness & nighcrawlers trolled at 1-2mph either with Dipsey Divers, Jet Divers & in-line planet-boards or bottom-bouncing with a 4-6oz bottom walking sinker should work well. Best to fish when there is little wind. Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo,Can you tell me if the big walleye travel all the way into Big Bay up by Trident Point in mid October, or is it best to find a place to stay on Long Reach and fish there? Thanks ,God Bless.

Posted on August 24th, 2020

Hi Russ, the large female Walleye (over 7 lb.), start migrating back from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in Sept. where the bigger fish are mostly caught from Hayward Longreach to Adophus Reach. The fish off Trident Point tend to be smaller in size but you can catch some larger ones. The large females move into the Upper Bay (Telegraph Narrows to Trenton, ON), by Nov. Most of my friends targeting trophy Walleye troll in the Picton, ON area out to Lake Ontario in Oct….God bless you.

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Hello Italo; I have a purely pleasure boat we keep at St Catharines Marina (Regal 2250 – no fishing equipment other than rod holders mostly for decoration and a 4″ lowrance chartplotter/fish finder). I’ve never fished Lake Ontario, but have heard rumours that there are some pickeral off Port Dal. pier west sideAlso, I marked a ton of something off the Port Weller east spit (about here 43° 14.826’N, 79° 12.660’W) the other day in about 25-30′ of water at dusk. Could that be walls?In summary – is there anywhere to fish in the lake nearby without big equipment? We used to fish the river (US side) in the shallows quite a bit but can’t this year.Thanks,Kelly W.

Posted on August 21st, 2020

Hi Kelly, Walleye are caught right in Port Dalhousie below the dam at certain times of the year but I have never witnesses or hear of any caught in the lake there or around Port Weller. You best bet is to fish the mouth and lower sections of the Niagara River for them drifting the bottom with worm-harnesses…God bless you.

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Hi italo hope all is well with you,i wanted to ask i m a very active river fisherman around Montreal,been fishing since i was kid more so the last few years,but i always stop around july have a tough time catching anything this time of year been useing mainly plastic baits and lures,id like to take advantage of all the rivers surrounding my city,any advice as Sept is coming up? do i continue with my usual routine top water in morning and everything else the rest of the day,,,i hear and see on tv some good fishing in autumn with climate change leaves are still green now in oct and nov warmer for me,river systems here have many species at certain times of year if i want catch fish in general what kind of bait or lure would provoke more bites not sure what im gonna catch,im in my 50s never fished passed August,like always thks for your time take care and be safe

Posted on August 10th, 2020

Hi Adriano, fall can be an excellent time to fish for bass, walleye, sauger and musky in the St. Lawerence system. I did a few TV  shows in Lac St. Pierre for pike, largemouth bass and walleye and also did a TV show right at Sorel where the ferry comes across for Sauger.

Largemouth bass will still be in the shallow, weed-filled bays. Pike and musky will be on the deeper weedlines in 10-20′ water and walleye in the main-lake channel where you will do well fishing jigs/worm or minnow right along the bottom.

At Sorel fish the drop-off right off the shore rocks where it drops from 10-20′ using a jig/plastic twister-tail along the bottom…God bless you.

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Hey Italo…thanks for sharing all your knowledge and experience with us anglers!My question today is my hubby and I are headed to bisco on the 8th of august, what advice can you give us from your time spent on bisco! We are staying at ritchies….our first time to bisco….very excited! Blessings to you and Barb Italo and thank you! Never stop fishing my friend!

Posted on July 30th, 2020

Hi Laura, glad you are going to Ritchie’s End of Trail Lodge, I know you will have a wonderful time. Bryan Drysdale the owner will show you exactly where we had non-stop Walleye action when we filmed our TV shows. For the most part you will be fishing shallow structure breaks in the 4-10′ depth. Rocky points that come out from islands, narrows and rock piles away from shore. We caught our walleye casting Rapala Shad Raps around those areas and especially fishing 1/8 & 1/4 oz. jigs rigged with a plastic 4″ minnow. Messenger Thomas Taylor through Facebook and see if you can get your hands on some new Fishing Compete “Italo’s Minnow” . If you can you will catch lots of fish!

Please say hi to Brian from me and especially Mambo his beautiful pup. We will be up there the middle of Aug. filming again. Make sure to leave some Walleye for us…God bless you.

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Just looking for advice on good walleye setups…Spinning or casting or both?rod length?action?tip?

Posted on July 21st, 2020

Hi John, for all-round “inland” lakes walleye fishing  a 7′ medium-action spinning rod matched with a medium-size spinning reel and loaded with 10 lb test braided line will work well for fishing livebait and also trolling, casting and drifting with artificials.

For Great Lakes walleye that can suspended over deep water you would need more specialized rods that can be fished with diving devices like Dipsey Divers, Jet Divers and planer boards. Many of these are trolling rods (loaded with baitcasting reels that have a line counter). Monofilament or braid can be used. I prefer braid in the 30lb class..God bless you.

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Dear Italo,Thank you for your constant support and advices to our fishing community.My question is regarding Balsam lake, Kawartha- what would be your advice on walleye fishing approach now until mayflies emergence? The water is mid 60s already and weather is like midsummer !Thank you again,Sincerely,Sergey

Posted on May 28th, 2020

Hi Sergey, thank you for your kind words. I would fish a 1/4 or 2/3 oz black buck tail hair jig that has a “banana-head” around the weedbeds and in and out of the weedlines close to the bottom by “snap-jigging” it. This presentation works really well this time of the year in all the Kawartha Lakes including Balsam. Fish with a Passion & God bless you,

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