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NEW ONTARIO FISHING CHAT
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Lodge - O-Pee-Chee Lake Lodge is the only lodge on two
beautiful lakes, O-Pee-Chee & O-Pee-Chee Boys Lakes. Enjoy the quiet Canadian
wilderness as we are set back one mile off Hwy #11 north, 64km north of North Bay and 35km
south of the town of Temagami, Ontario. Excellent fishing for pickerel (walleye), northern
pike and bass. Fall black bear, moose and small game hunts. Fully equipped Housekeeping
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|Kenogaming Lake Lodge - Located in one of Northern Ontario's finest moose & bear hunting
and fishing areas. We provide affordable American Plan vacations. Kenogaming Lake Lodge
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and dawn to dusk fishing! Kenogaming Lake is 11 miles long and offers an abundance of
walleye, great northern pike and whitefish. It also provides portage access to over 10
more lakes with excellent speckled (brook) rainbow and lake trout fishing
"Tempting the Big Walleye's of Fall" By Justin Hoffman
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. Locating and tempting these
lunker fish can be a rewarding experience by trying the following tactics and techniques
for hot action on those cool days of autumn.
Finding the Fish
Cooler water temperatures signal an impulse in the walleye to
"migrate" to areas that they typically frequented during the spring months.
River mouths and inlets, shallow water weedlines and island breaks are just three
locations that the walleye will call home for the fall months. One key aspect to keep in
mind is that most fish will be found in water predominantly shallower than they occupy
during the summer months. One reason for this shift is due to water temperature, mainly, a
more comfortable level. Another reason is in part to the influx of baitfish that are
calling the shallows home at this time of year. The walleye are gorging right now, leaving
the shallows the best bet to appease their appetite.
Mud flats are another interesting option to seek out fall walleye. I've
had tremendous success fishing these "structure less" areas, as they seem to
group up and hold large pods of feeding fish.
Nighttime is Right Time
If you are looking for an eventful time on the water with the
possibility of some trophy 'eyes, then book yourself a night shift at your favourite lake.
Due to their light-sensitive eyes, the walleye will feed actively during this period of
darkness and will head right up shallow to fill their bellies full. Search out an area
that consists of mud, sand and green weeds and has close access to deeper water. Water
depths can vary, but a rule of thumb is to start shallow (2 to 3 feet) and progressively
move deeper until you connect with fish. Shallow running cranks are your best bet,
especially thin minnow-style baits. BIG baits are the norm at this time of year, with
6-inches being a common length to throw. Remember, the fish you will catch are generally
larger and are gorging on baitfish - this is no time for small 2 or 3-inch crankbaits.
Choosing baits that have rattles can be a definite plus as it will help
the walleye hone in on your bait during the darkness. Bagley's, Rebel and Wally Divers
have all proven their merit while out on the water with an action and frequency that
walleye jump all over.
Casting or trolling are two techniques that are both productive for
nighttime walleye. If the area is a confined spot with a small feeding shelf or flat,
casting is your best route to take. If the stretch is long and even with a prominent
weedline along the edge, a trolling style will be best suited. Test the water at night
this fall and see what's lurking under the surface.
Live Bait Applications
Live bait can be a deadly application during the fall months due to the
fact that it represents what the walleye are feeding on to the truest sense. Leeches and
minnows are your two tops bets for connecting with fish at this time of year, and they
will also last longest on the hook in the colder water.