In many of our southern Ontario lakes, including the Great Lakes there is an abundance of shallow water less then 20′ with vibrant summer weed-growth. While many anglers fish open-water either trolling or drifting artificials and live bait, others have learned that fishing the main-lake weedbeds and weed-lines can produce Walleye in the middle of the day. Some of the best presentations to use or Walleye in and around these weeds is:
-snapping black bucktail jigs
-working shallow-diving crankbaits along the weed edges
-fishing 1/4 oz jigheads with 3-4″ plastic grubs off the weeds and on the bottom
Michael Kumar recently had a chance to fish the Bay of Quinte out of Belleville, ON where they had a great “mid-day” fish catching Large & Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, Channel Catfish and Walleye simply casting lures around open-water weeds.
Summer Walleye fishing can be enjoyed on some of the warmest days and in the middle of the day. Roma Kumar above shows off a nice Walleye she caught fishing a 4 1/2″ plastic minnow on a 1/4 oz jighead around open-water weeds.
Key weed-beds and weed-lines that attract mid-day feeding Walleye are usually in 5-12′ of water. In many cases, like in the Kawartha Lakes, ON, Walleye will also lay in pockets right in the weeds and are often accidentally hooked by anglers fishing plastic worms right in the weeds for Bass. Aug. is an excellent month to take advantage of catching “weed-walleye”!