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  • Baitfish and Fall Trolling For Walleye and Muskie - "You marking any bait?" is a popular question many anglers ask when talking about trolling for walleye or muskie. Finding baitfish schools being attacked by predators is an important angling skill for autumn trolling. I spoke with two well-known guides, a walleye expert and a muskie specialist, about fishing large pods of baitfish as a piece of fish-holding structure. What follows are some of their observations on the importance of baitfish and tips on autumn trolling strategies
  • Bay of Quinte Walleye - With global warming our fall weather seems to be taking on an ever gentler character September is the new August. For the past half dozen years, this has meant water temperatures taking longer to drop, resulting in the Walleye returning to their wintering grounds increasingly later in the season.
  • Bucktail Jigging For Weed Walleye - When walleye head to the shade of the salad, or cruise along the edge of vegetation, a bucktail jig can be your greatest tool for seducing them to strike. Not only is the undulating hair a visual stimulant, but also the erratic cadence of the bait as it is ripped and jigged with vigor. Working bucktails is a different game than with regular jigs, but the technique speaks for itself with the big results you'll be rewarded with.
  • Bucktail Jigs for Walleye - Regarded as one of the earliest jig creations to hit the fishing scene, bucktails have fallen by the wayside over the years, regrettably to make room for the ever-expanding designs brought on by the hi-tech plastics market. Those anglers in the know, however, realize the true value this old standby of fur can bring to the underwater world, and continue to reap the benefits season after season.
  • Crankbait Fishing for Walleye - If you have never tried to use a crankbait for catching , walleye or any of the pike family, or have had little or no success, read on, I might convince you to give it another try. During certain times of the day walleye like to move into deeper water.
  • Dunk the Weeds for Sunshine Walleye - Hot, penetrating sunshine and the sensitive eyes of the walleye can make for a frustrating and energy-draining day out on the water for the exuberant angler. Fish become scarce during these trying times and without the proper locations or techniques needed to find and catch these fish, a fisherman's moral can reach an all-time low. Green, healthy weeds, a handful of jigs and a technique called "dunking" are all that are needed to find success during these "dog days" of summer.
  • Fall River Walleye Tactics - It was mid October and I was river fishing for walleye. The shoreline trees still held some leaves, but plenty had fallen over the last couple of weeks. I bounced a jig off bottom and then felt a light tick. Setting the hook, a good-sized walleye was soon in the net and one of many I caught that day. Late September to ice-up is prime time to river fish for walleye. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of this predicable, seasonal bite.
  • Fall Time Means Plump Walleye - As the leaves slowly begin to change colour and the nights become frosty, walleye anglers in the know begin to get their tackle ready in anticipation of guaranteed action. Fall is the number one period for catching LARGE walleye, especially those that push the scale down to double digits! By following a few simple rules, catching trophy walleye during the harvest moon can be as easy as 1-2-3, and let's face it, what can be better than that in the game of fishing?
  • Fall Walleye Fishing - Walleye fishing in the cooler weather of autumn is probably second best only to early spring, although there are anglers who would argue this point. Early season walleye fishing is great to say the least, but try a night in the fall when you shiver with cold and excitement as the line goes tight and the fish takes off for deeper water. Fall fishing is hard to beat for great action.
  • Falling for River Walleyes - Where do you typically begin your walleye fishing season every year? If youre like most of us, its on a river. The walleyes are there to spawn and the bite is predictable. Now that we are approaching the later stages of the season, that river may again be a good bet to find some great walleye fishing
  • Fish Fast First to Ice More Winter Walleye - As anglers it's easy for us to fall into the pattern of ice fishing slowly for walleye. Granted, certain conditions demand lethargic presentations to get bites. Mid-winter doldrums, cold front weather systems and high fishing pressure are a few examples. Yet, fishing jigging baits at a faster pace can attract more aggressive walleye. With the right kinds of lures you can fish quickly, but add finesse moves when needed.
  • Fish Fast First to Ice More Winter Walleye - As anglers it's easy for us to fall into the pattern of ice fishing slowly for walleye. Granted, certain conditions demand lethargic presentations to get bites. Mid-winter doldrums, cold front weather systems and high fishing pressure are a few examples. Yet, fishing jigging baits at a faster pace can attract more aggressive walleye.
  • Fishing for walleye in the summer. - Many different styles of sinkers for rigging are available to anglers. Banana shaped sinkers are most commonly used and often have internal rattles to imply extra vibration and sound to attract more walleye.
  • High Percentage Spots for Early Ice Walleyes - Like a puppy staring out the window yearning for its owner, so it goes with walleye anglers awaiting first ice. They're weepy eyed, salivating, possibly drooling, and giddy when walkable ice finally forms. There's no secret as to why, either. The fishing's just that darn good.
  • Icing Mid-Winter Walleyes - What could it possibly be that drives an angler to forgo the comforts of his favorite chair in front of the fireplace on cold and blustery winter afternoon in favor of plunking his backside on an over-turned bucket and staring at a hole in the ice waiting for a fish to bite?
  • Keeping Current in the Walleye Game - Ever notice that just about the time you think theres nothing new that can be learned about walleye fishing (or just fishing in general for that matter), a new technique or new technology comes around that turns the angling world on its ear?
  • Mid-sized reservoirs for Walleye - The challenge for these dedicated souls is that finding walleyes right now can be tough. The walleyes are in transition; its not really spring, and its not yet summer? Its a time when we say the walleyes are in the middle of the road, meaning they are between patterns.
  • Night Trolling for Walleye - The green, red and white navigation lights from other boats slowly glided through the darkness, setting the ambiance for another night fishing adventure. Within a few minutes of starting a trolling run, I connected with a fierce and feisty walleye that hammered my shallow-running minnow bait.
  • On the Contours for Late Summer Walleyes - Late summer can be a tough season when it comes to catching walleyes. It reaches its peak with hot, muggy days and warm sultry nights through much of August, and then as September nears, it takes a drastic about-face and swings toward the fall season.
  • Rigging with an Attitude - If there is one solid piece of advice we could give you when it comes to catching more walleyes in the peak of summer, its push the envelope push the fish to their limit. You want to be as aggressive as possible to cover water but still be able to get fish to bite! This is fishing with an attitude; a mindset that youre going to find out just exactly what the absolute best presentation is going to be to trigger the most bites on a given day.
  • Shore Tips for Summer Walleye - Shore anglers often find themselves doubting the angling opportunities that can be had. Most species are readily accessible from shore but walleye are without a doubt one of easiest and most plentiful fish Ontario has to offer.
  • Staying Current on River Walleye - Finding walleye in rivers can be just as challenging, if not more, than locating them in lakes. This difficulty can make rivers a second choice when lakes are easily accessible. These neglected waters can sometimes contain more and less pressured fish to be caught by anglers wise on the ways river fishing. One key factor to locating fish in rivers is establishing productive current areas containing fast and slack water close to prime structures and cover.
  • Summer Walleyes - The ManglerIn this, the hottest part of the season, a walleyes metabolism is running as high as its going to run all year. Thats what makes now such a great time of year ... aggressive fish that are eating all the time
  • Swimbaits for Walleye - If youre looking to land big walleye and prefer casting over trolling, swimbaits are one of the best baits going to accomplish this goal. When other anglers are working small, twister tail jigs with a vertical finesse approach, casting a swimbait can boat you plenty of fish. This season give yourself an advantage, integrating swimbaits into your walleye repertoire. Heres what you need to know about these productive baits.
  • Tempting the Big Walleye's of Fall - As the leaves begin to drop and the temperature starts to cool, the walleye begins a migration to typical areas in search of food to fatten-up for the upcoming winter. Fall time is synonymous with trophy time as these fish display size, strength and a willingness to bite.
  • The Simple Rig For Smart Walleyes - Float fishing through the ice is for anyone who has baked in the winter-thaw sun of an Ontario February or March. The technique really shines when the holes aren't freezing, and hanging bait in your favorite spots is a winner for walleyes schooling up on or around structure.
  • Throttling Back for the Spring Attack - Throttling Back for the Spring Attack Energies and ambitions have been suffocated since fall; back when turkey was served with mashed potatoes and walleyes were stacked on points like lumber. Those were Hallmark moments, the days after the leaves dropped but snow had yet to fall.
  • Time for a River Walleye Bite! - This has been one of the toughest winters on record for a large part of the country, and not just the northern reaches. Snow and record low temps have everyone ready for spring and some fun outdoor activities. This seems especially true of the vast majority of walleye anglers out there, and luckily the time is here for the first really good open water action of the season. Its time for the Spring River Walleye bite!
  • Toughing Out the Turnover: Fall Walleye Tactics - "Walleye put on a pretty aggressive feed in the fall. I'd say the fishing is better than the spring bite," said Ted Takasaki, professional walleye angler and president of Lindy - Legendary Fishing Tackle, describing fishing after the fall turnover. If his statement didn't convince you to fall fish, consider that the absence of fair-weather anglers reduces boat traffic, and autumn shorelines provide beautiful scenery.
  • Tournament Tips - What Can We Learn from the Walleye Pros? - Some of the thousands of Canadian anglers that chase walleyes every year pursue them for more than just enjoyment, relaxation, sport or even a meal. These anglers fish for money and glory in big-dollar professional walleye tournaments across North America. While these tournaments may not interest all walleye anglers, can the average recreational walleye angler learn something from these pros?
  • Walleye and Bobbers - Across Ontario, the walleye rates hands-down as the most sought after and favorite game fish. The techniques for catching these critters may be well-known and elementary, and include the ever popular jigging, trolling and bottom bouncing. But how many anglers routinely pack floats, split shot and live bait, searching out precise structure to drift their offerings across? Certainly the minority, but hopefully more will come on board after recognizing the success this technique can bring.
  • Walleye Current Trolling Secrets - Without question trolling crankbaits is a consistent walleye tactic from spring to autumn in rivers. Fast flow poses challenges, but with the right tools and methods these hurdles are easily overcome. The reward: lots of overlooked, willing-to-bite walleye.
  • Walleye Just Won't Bite - There are a number of techniques and adaptations that anglers can use that can turn finicky fish into biters, and with practice and patience, you can turn that bad day into a good one, and fill that live well up to the limit in the process!
  • Walleye Season - Opener Jigging Tips - With this year's open-water walleye season here (or soon to be), it's hard not to get excited. A multi-species angler, I have an affinity for early season walleye fishing as I'm sure many of you do. To help you get the most out of your time on the water, here are a few jigging tips to help you put more walleyes in your landing net.
  • Walleyes in Precarious and Particular Places - Walleyes and whales could never coexist. Well, first theres that saltwater to freshwater issue, and then the fact that whales breathe air through a blowhole and walleyes take oxygen aquatically, through gills. Granted, both species spend time in wide open spaces whales sucking plankton through their baleen and walleyes sucking flesh through their choppers but their timecards differ considerably.
  • When the Walleye Just Won't Bite - All of us have had tough days on the water - bad weather, equipment failure and fish that refuse to bite. Walleye fishing is often a game of chances, and when these fish shut down, you'll find yourself cursing all the way back to the launch ramp.
  • Where the Walleye Come From - Where the Walleye Come From - April 18th was a sunny cold day with a biting north wind. Volunteer members of COFA (Conservationists of Frontenac-Addington) arrived at Northport on the Bay of Quinte to gather Walleye eggs for their hatchery.
  • Working the Boat for Walleye - Presentation is a key component when chasing walleye. If your lure or bait is not positioned at the correct angle, depth or speed, your chances for success are greatly diminished. Boat control is your greatest asset when it comes to presenting your bait accurately, yet it is a skill that requires the necessary equipment, as well as time spent on the water practicing. Follow these tactics to better your boat positioning, and reap the rewards of more walleye in the net.


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