Any suggestions as to where to look for Spring Walleye on the French River near Alban Its my first time going there and would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks Steve

Posted on April 27th, 2013

HI Steve…I have not fished that stretch of the French River (only the Upper French closer to Lake NIpissing). If I was walleye fishing it for the first time I would try and find the walleye by slow-trolling (2mph),using a 3/4 oz. bottom-walking sinker, 36″ led & worm harness, bumping the bottom every :05 sec. or so and covering shoreline/structure breaks from 12-25′ of water until I found some walleye. Once located I would continue to troll with the harness and if the fish are definitely located in one are I would than drift over the area, or anchor (if it was deeper), and I would jig on the bottom with either a 1/4 – 3/8 oz. jig/plastic grub or live bait like a worm or minnow. Also, you may need to fish the same areas that look good throughout the day (morning, mid-day, evening), to establish when the walleye move into those areas to feed. Most likely they will be feeding shallower early & late in the day and feeding deeper during mid-day. I have a feeling that if you are up to trolling at night in the same areas with a Rapala Husky Jerk #11, you will probably catch the largest walleye of the trip. Hope you have a great experience…God bless you, Italo

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