Hi Italo,Long time follower, first time messenger…A friend and I have decided to knock something off our bucket lists and book our very first fly-in trip. We’ve booked with Air Ivanhoe our of Foleyet, where they’ll be taking us to Bonar Lake, the first week of September. We’ll be going for walleye and northern pike, although I’m told that there are perch in there as well. Information on the lake is very difficult to come by. From what I’ve been able to tell, the lake is 11 m deep at max (around 36 ft.). The Outfitter has told us that a jig head with worm will be the only bait we’ll need. My questions to you are, what depth should be we searching for, as I would have expected them to be in deeper water; and should we try using any other baits/lures? I can’t find any charts to look for drop offs or anything, so we’re kind of at a loss.Love the tips that you always provide to other anglers. Hopefully you can help us out with our little scenario.RegardsRob IrwinLindsay ONPosted on March 28th, 2019
Hi Rob, nice to hear from you and thank you for your kind words. I have worked with Joel Theriault at Air Ivanhoe over a couple of years and can confirm you made a very good choice. Joel is a pilot/guide/fisherman and really knows his stuff. In Sept. the water will already start to get cold and the walleye, pike and perch will be in shallower water. You don’t need a fishfinder or even chart of the lake, all you need to do is fish structure areas and any weeds you will be able to see just by your vision. A jig/worm will produce all three species but if you like you can also fish the Lunker City Fin-S Fish in the 2 1/2″ and 1/8 oz head will work great for perch and the 4″ for walleye and pike. The Lunker City Shaker in the 3.25 or 3.75″ will work well for walleye and pike.A quarter ounce jighead will work fine for the larger plastic grubs and if it’s really windy you may want to change-up to a 3/8 oz. jighead. For pike you can cast inline spinners like a Vibrax #3 & #4 and also twitch a Rapala Husky Jerk #14. I have a feeling you will have a great trip. Hope you enjoy many shore-lunches…God bless you.