While many anglers have packed their boats away for the winter season many others brave cold temperatures, wind and rain to enjoy some of the best Walleye fishing of the year.
One of the top spots is the eastern basin of Lake Ontario and more specifically the Bay of Quinte. There some of the largest walleye averaging 7-12lb move in from the open lake and “stage” in the Adolphus Reach stretch. The fishing there may be considered “peculiar” since the average water depth is over 100′ and the Walleye are caught trolling over that deep water 15-30′ down.
A key to locating those fall, feeding Walleye is to have a reliable sonar and spotting suspended baitfish and Walleye that are near or above the 50′ depth mark. Once the fish are located anglers have to troll to cover depths form 12′-50′ below the surface using minnow imitation body baits at speeds between 1-3-3.3mph. Most anglers use in-line planer boards to keep baits away from the boat and up to 200-300′ back.