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Trolling at 4-5 mph for trophy Walleye??

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009

italo_speedtrolling_walleyeLast August my wife Barbara & the camera crew had waited all summer to fish at Eagle Lake Island Lodge in Northwestern Ontario.  We had been there the year before earlier in the season and had excellent fishing for trophy smallmouth bass, walleye & pike.  On this trip we were going to target trophy musky.  We arrived at the Winnipeg Airport, unloaded our gear and met Mark Rangle, the owner of the lodge.  After loading the our gear in their custom van, Mark said he had to make a stop at a local tackle shop to pick up some Rapala Tail Dancers.  This came as a surprise to me since the Tail Dancer is one of my favorite lures to cast and troll in the Bay of Quinte for big walleye.  Mark went on to explain that lot’s of anglers had been doing really well trolling for suspended walleye using the Tail Dancer, but in a very unique way.  Let me explain, I’ve fished for walleye right across Canada using a variety of fishing techniques from opening day through the coldest winters on the ice and though I had done it all, including trolling for them while breaking ice on the surface on Lake Ontario, to fishing “dead-slow”, using using tiny 1/8 and 1/16 oz. jigs/bait.  What I had never heard of is trolling for walleye at 4-5 mph and doing it in 90′ of water.  Well, that’s exactly what anglers had discovered worked in Eagle Lake.  After fishing for trophy musky for several days at Eagle Lake Island Lodge, Mark Randle, asked me if I wanted to try catching these suspended open-water walleye.  So, after dinner and we grabbed the camera crew and headed-out.  As we approached a pretty deep area in the lake (over 90′), I could see an armada of boats coming in to focus, all trolling pretty fast and in circles out in the middle of the lake.  As we got even closer, we could see several fishermen in several boats standing and fighting fish all a the same time.  It was obvious a lot of walleye were being caught.  Some, we found out in just a few minutes were up to 30′ and weighed over 10 lb.  Well, we set our lines out and started trolling pretty fast and instantly we started hooking walleye.   In a matter of 3-hrs., we had caught enough trophy walleye to do an excellent show and they were all caught in 90′ of water trolling Rapala crankbaits at 4-5 mph….awesome!!  If you would like to experinence the excellent fishing on Eagle Lake, make sure to check-out, www.eaglelakeislandlodge.com .

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Fishergirls catch trophy Smallmouth Bass during TV shoot.

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009

dawn_kristen_katieI had the pleasure of fishing with three Fishergirls today while filming the new opening for our Fishergirl weekly feature that will  appear each week in our new Canadian Sportfishing TV series that will start airing in Nov. of this year.  Barbara Omara and her two daughters Katie & Kristen, as well as Dawn Jewell, VP Fishergirl were on-hand to assist in the filming.  We chose the beautiful Upper Niagara River as our set and targeted smallmouth bass using various Fishergirl spining combos and dragged 4″ tubes & 1/4 oz. jigheads along the bottom in 14-25′ of water.  Kristen hooked up on a nice 3 lb. smallmouth bass first, and than Katie hooked about a 3 1/2 lb. fish.  Dawn Jewell did the netting honors and all  of the action was caught on camera.  Make sure to watch for the opening sequence when the new Fishergirl segments appear in the new Canadian Sportfishing TV series.  To check out all of the fishing outfits, tackle and apparel Fishergirl offers, you can visit, www.fishergirl.com .

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Grand River offers excellent variety of fishing opportunities.

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009

[singlepic id=412 w=320 h=240 float=]Over the years I have shot several TV fishing shows on the Grand River, ON.  Fly fishing for brown trout below the Elora, ON dam, catching migratory rainbow trout below the Caledonia Dam, in Caledonia, ON, and most recently Kayaking for Smallmouth Bass between Brantford and Paris, ON.  I’m glad I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Adam Fernley who operates, http://www.heritageriver.com/ , in Paris, ON.  Adam was instrumental in helping us produce the TV show that is airing this week on TSN.  It was Adam that took us to the right “put-in” spots and also used one of his larger inflatable rafts to drift the camera crew and equipment down the river.  He offers outdoor recreational enthusiasts affordable Canoe & Kayak rentals, and all the other accessories people need for a day, or several days on the Grand River.  If you want to experience the great fishing the Grand River offers, and you don’t have a Canoe or Kayak, contact Adam and he will get you all set up at,

canoeing@heritageriver.com

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Lake Muskoka producing trophy Smallmouth Bass & Walleye.

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

greg_klatt_graphicGreg Klatt reports.  I had a couple of clients out on Lake Muskoka that wanted to learn some patterns and locations for some smallmouth bass.  With no wind and hot sun conditions I knew that the bite would be tough and the morning hours would be key to get onto any good fish.  We blasted off from Gravenhurst, ON and headed for the northern section of the lake and started the day on some sand/rock and weed transition’s using top-water, tubes and small crankbaits.  Within minutes we had the 1st fish on which was one of the biggest of the day…. a big solid Muskoka smallie that hit a Storm Chug Bug in 8ft of water.

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That started the pace of the day that saw us boat 21 smallmouth bass, 1 walleye and 1 break-off pike.  We also had another nice pike follow a lure right up to the boat.

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We caught fish throughout the day but had to really slow our presentations down as the day progressed the fish were in a neutral/negative mood.  Nevertheless, it was a great day on a beautiful lake with some nice scenery throughout the day!

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If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Greg Klatt, you can contact him at,  www.Profishntanglingservices.com .

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Jacob Marchand entered his impressive Largemouth Bass!

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009

Jacob we are delighted that you have entered your Largemouth Bass in our 2009 Dickies Sportfishing Sweepstakes promotion! Keep up the good work and we hope to see more entries from you in the near future!JACOBS 6LM

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