Category: walleye - rivers

Hi Italo,thanks for getting back to me on the Grand River ice fishing. I do normally park for five dollars at Fishmasters, but due to Covid and health and safety reasons his marina is now for members only ,since I live in Oakville,and can only get there twice a winter,the cost of the membership for ice fishing is a little pricey for me. Although I do think it’s a great deal for ice anglers that live in and around the Dunnvile area who can take advantage of the great fishing there.Again thanks and God Bless.

Posted on February 11th, 2021

Hi Russ, Thanks for explaining. If you check Google Maps and the Grand below Dunnville, ON.  If you look at the screen grab above, I would encourage you to drive down and ask for permission at either of the homeowners that are marked near the pin-drop. If they know you are a nice guy they may let you part nearby. I have done well fishing about 50-100 yds south of the creek that you can see on the east side of the river. There is a 12’ hole there that should hold walleye. God bless you, Italo

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Hi there,I recently bought a camp on the pickerel river, part of the French river water system near Sudbury Ontario. I am just East of highway 69, near Cantin Lake; a large deep pool in the water system that goes down 100 feet or so, there are two large waterfalls that flow from the French to Pickerel near by with fast current. I have had lots of luck in the summer locating the walleye, in current spots in the spring and fall and weedbeds in the summer. But myself and everyone else has had trouble finding them in the winter. A theory of mine is that they go deep , 40 – 60 FOW during the day and move into slower current spots around dusk and dawn. Where should I look? Do I return to my summer spots? PS. Pickerel is not a traditional river, for the most part there is not much current on the main system. hardly noticeable. only in the mentioned waterfall areas is it strong. Thank you!

Posted on February 11th, 2020

Hi Niall, I have not fished that area but I can give you my best answer from having fished other moving water in the winter time. The walleye will not be as deep as you think. They will be located in 10-20′ water probably in any silt-bottom bays or expansions of the river where there is less flow.  So not in the deepest part, but in the “main-river-basin” that is 10-20′ deep for a consistent distance or a large “flat” (water the same depth)…God bless you.

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Dear Italo,I am planning fishing trip end of September to Spanish river with main target is being walleye. Please let me know your opinion on this trip?I fished there in spring with good success but I am not sure about Fall season there. We fished in spring below the dam at Espanola and stretch of river near Massey.Thank you very much in advance.

Posted on August 27th, 2019

Hi Sergey, tough to give you an educated answer since I have not fished the Spanish River in the fall. I can tell you that walleye make both a spring (for spawning), and a fall (for feeding) migration to the same areas and are especially drawn to moving water during both seasons and especially at dusk/night. The only challenge is that the later you get in the fall that far north, the weather becomes very unpredictable and cold fronts can really hurt the fishing.

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Hello Italo,I love fishing faster water streams and rivers while wading in and looking for pools. Of course, this means contending with potential rocks and snags.While drifting fishing below the dam in Buckhorn for Walleye this weekend, I went with 6 lb and 10 lb braided lines on both my rods/reels. I really like a lighter line to feel the fish biting and the walleye tend to be more subtle in how they go after and strike the bait. I also cannot stand just hauling the fish in, I like to at least give them a fighting chance and enjoy the fight they give with a lighter line.My questions are interrelated.Would you utilize a leader in this type of snag infested waters where rocks can cause abrasions? And, what type of leader can I use without giving up the feel of feeling fish biting? A leader that will give me abrasion resistance, protect against sharp teeth of walleye and rocks to prevent line breakage, while still maintaining my feel in the water to detect subtle hits?Also, if I were to increase the lb test of my braided line, would I also be giving up feeling the fish ?Thank you for your help.Les Lengyel

Posted on August 11th, 2019

Hi Les, sound like you have the fish “dialed-in” in the fast-water. You can continue to use just a main braided line or you could add a 14-20″ length of  12 lb. Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. The leader is stiff enough that it wont take away the feel from the braid.  I personally think you should use either 10 or 20 lb. braid as a main line. The best way to avoid getting hung-up on the bottom is to either fish minnow-imitating crankbaits that you can control the depth, or if you are jigging and using live bait, fish the lightest rigs you can so they won’t get stuck…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, I recently moved to Welland and have been watching your episodes featuring the Welland River. I am planning on spending some time on the river this weekend and am hoping to catch some Walleye and Pike. Right now I have 20LB Fluorocarbon on my reels, should I be using braided line? Also, will I be needing leaders? I have some shallow water crank baits like you used in your videos, will these be effective mid summer? Love your show and the informative content you put out! God bless you and your family!

Posted on July 4th, 2019

Hi David, thank you for your kind words, I receive them! Yes, I would definitely encourage you to spool up with 20 lb. braid. You will be able to cast farther, feel what the crankbait is doing better and you will get the most efficient hook-sets once you have a hit. I use a 20-30 lb. test Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. The fish in the river are not leader shy and there are some pretty big walleye and musky that you can hook just casting along the shoreline and structure. Mid summer has produced my best fish in the Welland River on crankbaits.  God bless you and your family also.

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Hi Italo, in all my years of bass a d pike fishing, i have never caught a walleye, and have tried multiple times. I live in Scarborough. I see it is open now for the rest of the year in southern ontario. Can you recommend a few spots that i would have the best luck within reasonable drive of Scarborough, maybe a few different distances, ?, also when in the year should i go?, lures and time of day? Don’t care about size just struggling to get one under the belt. I fish from a pelican catch 120 kayak. Thanks!

Posted on May 16th, 2019

Hi Ryan, right now is a good time to fish walleye as they move to fast-water areas especially at dusk. A really good spot is the Salmon River, Shannonville, ON below the small dam and out from the boat launch. It is narrow, slow flowing and ideal for kayaking. The fish are not there during the day, they move it there as it gets dark. All you have to do is either troll up and down the section of Salmon River within 1/2 km of the boat launch in your kayak, or anchor and cast. Best lures are the Jointed Rapala or Husky Jerk in the #11 size….God bless you.

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Dear Italo, Could you please elaborate on walleye fishing at Upper Niagara river?Fishing regulation summary for this zone for is very confusing to me. It might be due to my unfamiliarity with this area. I have never fished there before.In particular I am interested in dates for opening and closing, including dates for no fishing sanctuaries for that area, as well as likely areas to try from the boat.Thank you very much. I hope my email is not very confusing.Sergey

Posted on March 18th, 2019

Hi Sergey, I will try and clear-up your confusion. Go to, https://files.ontario.ca/on-con-188/ONCON-188_MNRF_CR_2019-fmz-19-english-v2.pdf and you will see that the Upper Niagara River is included in Zone 19 (Lake Erie) and Walleye are open all year. If you look in the 2nd page under Exceptions to General Rules it clearly states where the fish sanctuary boundaries are in Lake Erie….God bless you.

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Hi Italo, Ihave 2 questions.(1)Where do you put your boat in at the Welland Rver and which way and how far are the Walleye? (2) When you fish for perch on the Niagara River Inoticed a canal wall. Are you fishing close to the entrance from Lake Ontario?Thanks AL.

Posted on February 2nd, 2019

Hi Al, there are two locations where you can launch your boat on the Welland River, Welland, ON. One gives you access to the river south of Welland and the boat launch is at EC Brown Conservation area across from the Welland airport. The other boat launch gives you access to a stretch of river from Welland north to the aqueduct where it meets the shipping canal. At both locations you can start trolling or casting for walleye right after you launch. I try and fish any structure breaks and shoreline breaks where there is a hard bottom.

The perch fishing I do on the lower Niagara River is best in late fall going into winter when the emerald shiners move in. The wall you saw in the background is the Jetboat area just north of the Queenston, ON boat launch. That area is private property and can only be fished from a boat….God bless you.

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Hi Italo. Merry Christmas to you and the family. I was wondering if you have any tips on catching walleye in the lower Niagara river over the winter for a shore fisherman. Perhaps areas to go and baits to use? Thanks.

Posted on December 12th, 2018

Hi George, thank you for your kind wishes we also wish you and your family a blessed Christmas celebration. Walleye are in the lower Niagara all year long but they can be tough to catch from shore, much easier to catch them fishing the current seams where the main current meets the back-currents around the many points. The only reliable shore fishing spot is at the Queenston, ON Boat launch. Most guys will either drift live minnows or plastic minnow like the 4 1/2″ Lunker City Fin-S Fish on a 3-way rig, 36″ leader and 1 oz pencil sinker. Or, they will cast crankbaits that  dive to 15′ after dark…God bless you.

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Hello ItaloWhen you pull crawler harnesses in the Dertoit River what size bottom bouncer do you use and what size rod do you use. Do you pull them going with the current or against the current like handlining. Last queation i have is do you have to use the trolling motor to slow you down( like back trolling). Thanks for the help and really learn alot from your show.

Posted on January 7th, 2018

Hi Wilson,  good questions. When I’m drifting with worm harnesses in the Detroit River I use a 1 -2 oz. bottom-walking sinker. I normally drift with the current along the structure/current breaks. I find it necessary to use my Motorguide electric to slow the drift or to move the boat left or right to stay at the right depth. I don’t “back-troll”. I fish from the font of the boat working the electric an keeping the bow of the boat facing the current. They key is to keep the weight gently “dragging” along the bottom keeping in touch with the bottom at least every 3-4 sec but not getting hung-up. It helps to have a direct line, straight down to the weight as you are drifting. If the line starts to have an angle up-stream, you have to speed-up with the electric and go into the current to allow the line to be vertical. If you go too far up-stream, or if the current slows down sometimes you have to speed-up and go with the current until the line is vertical….God bless yoju.

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