Todd Longley from City Cats Guiding Service offers some tips and advice for anglers who are looking to take advantage of some of the great fishing available in Manitoba.
When walleye anglers got tired of losing jerkbaits to hang ups in the timber they switched to this bass angler favorite.
WFN expert, Gord Pyzer, gives tips on how to rig a live night crawler for the slow death technique to be used on days when walleye have lock jaw.
While visiting Wollaston lake in Northern Canada, Jim Sammons, Jeff Goudreau and Ken Whiting paddle, drag and slog their way up the Umpherville River to discover untouched pike, grayling and walleye fishing.
Feathered trebles add flash to any bait that uses treble hooks, here's how to make your own at home.
Pick up a few tips on how to fish your favorite spot in the cloudy and over cast conditions. At these times most fish are in a feeding frenzy and these tips take full advantage.
Spoons aren't just for cold water anymore! Fish love the lifelike action a spoon presents and these tips are going to help you with your presentation to make this lure irresistible.
Deep weeds a structure are fishing hot spots jigging in these areas is sure to trigger a lot of bits all year round. Here are some jigging tips for both the open water and hardwater seasons.
Live bait rigging - also known as the Carolina rig is a great setup to use while trolling for many species. Here are tips for setting up this rig.
There are many different methods for trolling. Here are a few options to try and tips on how to reach your desired depth and speed.
If you plan on releasing the fish you catch it is important to handle the fish as little as possible and release them as quick as you can so as to cause as little damage to the fish as possible. Use these netting tips to release the fish as quickly and safely as possible.
Walleye and bass anglers know these fish can sometimes be difficult to find, but with these tips the species you target have nowhere to hide.
Snag Proof has developed a frog for fishing open water. This frog is weedless and sink proof the only place you are going to see that frog disappear is down the throat of a trophy fish!
Dave Mercer stops by the WFN booth at ICAST 2010 for a snack - I mean to talk about the winner of the Best Soft Plastic Lure, the Live Target Frog (Hollow-body). Mercer offers tips on how to rig up this frog and when to fish it.
How to rig a drop-shot set-up for smallmouth, walleye, perch or even trout.
Looking for an edge on summer bass and walleye?
John Crews sings the praises of this new fluorocarbon line at ICAST 2010. Crews says the line is so clear that after he spooled his spinning reel he could still see the base of the spool! And at $20 for 200 yards it is a great price.
Michael Murphy talks about the new Reins Bubbling Shaker at ICAST 2010 and his favorite way to fish these soft plastics.
JP answers a new anglers questions about swivels. The main purpose for swivels is to prevent line twists and JP offers tips on picking the best type for your style of fishing.
Kelly Jordon talks about the Duckett Fishing Micro Magic Cranking Rod featuring Micro Guides that allows you to cast further and with more accuracy
Combining finesse fishing and electronics is almost guaranteed to make you a better angler. These vertical jigging tips are sure to help you land more walleye all year round
Don't leave the spoons in the tackle box! Use these tips for set up and technique to catch walleye in the early summer.
Mercer talks about the new Shimano Caenan, an amazing baitcasting reel for under $100
Jeff Gustafson talks about the bast way to use these two new hardbaits from Rapala.
Conway Bowman talks about the most important piece of gear every angler needs when sightfishing and the new technology that puts Kaenon Sunglasses at the top.
Pickerel, yellow pike, colored pike.
Walleye are dark olive and yellowish-gold in color with a white underbelly. They possess a spiny dorsal fin and many sharp teeth, but its most distinguishing characteristic may be its marble-like eyes that reflect light, allowing them to hunt at night.
Walleyes can grow to be over 30 inches (76 cm) and weigh up to the 20 pound (9 kg) range. Walleye rarely get bigger than that, although the largest ever caught was 42 inches (106.7 cm) and weighed 25 pounds (11.3 kg), caught in Tennessee in 1960.
Found throughout most of Canada and northern and eastern United States, going as far south as Alabama.
Walleye prefer intermediate temperatures of water, meaning they don't share the same enthusiasm for cold water as trout do, or warmer waters that bass prefer to swim in. The murkier the water, the better for walleye as it makes hunting for smaller fish easier. Walleye will swim in clear water as well, but prefer to hang around river mouths if possible.
Depends on where the walleye grows up. In southern waters, walleye grow at a much faster due to the longer, warmer seasons, but tend not to live past 10 years of age. In colder waters, walleye grow slower but can live to see 20 years.
A formidable predator that feeds on yellow perch, minnows, crayfish, worms, and insects. Walleye tend to feed at dawn or dusk and rarely swim during the day, though in overcast conditions walleye do come out to feed as well.
Males reach maturity between three and four, with females tasking an extra year. Walleye spawn in early spring on rock or gravel, primarily where there's a current that can bring oxygen to the eggs. Spawning locations are usually in shallow areas very close to shore.
Walleye have few natural predators, but bigger-sized muskie and especially northern pike will take a bite out of a walleye that's small enough.
Information credit: Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Gord Pyzer has years of experiences writing and presenting seminars about catching walleye. Below are his favorite patterns for putting huge numbers of walleye into the boat. Gord is WFN's Central Canada Expert, as well as the Fishing Editor of Outdoor Canada Magazine; Field Editor of In-Fisherman Magazine and Television; Co-Host of the In-Fisherman Ice Guide television series, Co-Host of the Real Fishing Radio Show and Host of Fish Doc With The Doc on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show.
What can I say? More walleyes have likely been caught on a jig and live bait presentation than all other lures and baits combined. Jigs are that deadly. The reason, of course, is that a jig is unobtrusive, yet by changing its weight - from 1/16-ounce for shallow water all the way up to 3/4-ounce for deep water or heavy current - you can cover all the various options. Plus, when the walleyes are color conscious, you can select a hue to turn them on. As for live bait options, the cardinal rule is to use minnows in the spring and fall when the water is cold. Leeches often become better when water temperatures warm into the 60s and 70s, while nightcrawlers reign supreme in the warmest water. Still, I like to carry all three bait options and let the fish tell me what they want to eat on the end of my jig on any given day.
Walleyes eat spinner rigs or crawler harnesses, call them what you will, with a vengeance. Single hook harnesses are ideal for leeches and minnows, while two and three hook harnesses team up best with nightcrawlers. Just be sure to experiment with blade shapes, sizes and colors. Willowleaf blades spin the fastest, emitting plenty of flash, but they are also the most silent. Colorado blades, on the other hand, spin much more slowly but they thump aggressively. Indiana blades are somewhere in between, making them ideal choice for starting the day. Large blades are ideal in dark and dingy water, when you need to call out to the walleyes to let them know that dinner is ready. Large blades are best, too, when the fish tend to be on the bigger size. Don't discount smaller blades, however, when the water is clear and the fish are in a funk. Finally, nothing allows you to present a spinner rig better than a bottom bouncer. Just don't drag the bouncer. Let out line until you can feel it just ticking the bottom every so often. This means you're trolling your harness in front of the fish.
Slow Death fishing for walleyes is sweeping the country because it is so deadly. In times past, walleye anglers were fanatical about attaching their baits perfectly straight so they didn't spin. How times have changed. Slow Death involves using a hook (Mustad makes the most popular Slow Death hook, although many anglers prefer a #2 Aberdeen Tru-Turn style) with a distinct bend to it. Then, you thread on your nightcrawler (a live crawler works well but a Gulp! or Trigger X worm is often better) so that the head covers the hook eye and the body takes on the shape of the hook. Then you snip off the crawler so that only an inch or so is hanging behind the bend of the hook. It is best to use a three to four foot long, 10-pound test leader behind a bottom bouncer and troll at about 1-mile an hour. The finger-size crawler chunk spins like a corkscrew that the walleyes can't resist. As for depth control, the standard rule of thumb is to use a 1-ounce bottom bouncer when you're fishing in 10-feet or less of water, a 2-ounce bouncer in 20-feet of water and a 3-ounce bouncer in 30-feet. But these are only starting points, so don't hesitate to experiment.
I have caught more walleyes over ten pounds the last 7 or 8 years on swimbaits than all of the other walleye options combined. And you won't believe how we're rigging them. We're using 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ounce saltwater style bullet shaped jig heads. Five and six inch swimbaits (X-Zone Swammers, Berkley Hollow Belly and Split Belly Swimbaits) work best. You also need to use a 7-foot long, medium heavy action spinning rod spooled with a quality 14-pound test braided line (Sufix, Fireline or PowerPro). Then use back-to-back uni-knots to attach a two to three foot long 15-pound test fluorocarbon leader. Because of the weight of your terminal tackle you can cast this set up a mile and it sinks quickly. After it hits the bottom, lift up your rod tip and start swimming the lure back to the boat. You want to keep it within a foot of the bottom at all times, ticking it occasionally, as you drop your rod tip to pick up line. That slight pause is also when 90-percent of the walleyes will eat your bait. It is quite simply the deadliest big walleye pattern known to man.
In the summertime, when the living is easy, one of the most predictable walleye patterns - for numbers as well as trophy size fish - is to search out shallow, rocky structures like underwater points, reefs and rock piles. The best are often the "sea gull rocks" that just barely break the surface of the water. And they come into their own when the wind is blowing onto them. Under the waves, the walleyes will sneak up shallow, even in the middle of the day, and feed aggressively. So there is no need to tippy-toe around with this presentation. Select a crankbait that will run slightly deeper than the water you're fishing. That way you will attract and trigger walleyes as you bang bottom and ricochet it off the rocks all the way back to the boat. It is that simple. Cast your crankbait up shallow and start your retrieve, stopping for a second or two, every time you feel your crankbait hit a rock. Walleyes typically devour it as it rises up and over the obstruction. The key, of course, is using a crankbait (my favorite is the time proven Rapala Shad Rap) that is buoyant enough to float up and over the rocks when you pause the retrieve.
I was recently using one of the new Kinchou Minnows from Matzuo. While I was targeting walleye this smallmouth happened to take the lure at Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton, Colorado. This fish had a crawfish lodged in behind its gills and the only thing sticking out happened to be its claws. The action of this lure + the color = the reason why I feel this fish
As the days begin to become longer, and the sun gets closer, the walleye start to move out of the deep pockets, and into river systems to spawn. Walleye will will travel as far as they can before they start to lay. This means you will find large populations of pre-spawn walleye near dams and boat canals. During the early winter months, the big fish will come into bays and feed in the
I came across this crank bait box that I thought was worth sharing. It's called The Crank Caddy. If you have alot of crank baits like I do and are looking for a easy way to store them without the treble hooks tangling everytime you pull one while this box will do just that. Simply slide your crank bait into the slot. This will keep your hooks underneath the body of the crank bait protecting
Walleyes may not put up as big a fight as other game fish, but the challenge of finding the right lure and presentation to get them to strike makes them a fun fish to go after. Asking around for guidance is smart with walleye because they are certainly a wily fish that have more than a few tricks up their sleeves. The rewards can be worth it for if you're looking to eat what you catch as walleyes are one of the best tasting freshwater fish out there.
Walleye are nocturnal fish, so fishing at night, or dawn or dusk, offers the best chance of landing this popular fish. One of the better sights of freshwater fishing is reeling up a walleye at night and seeing its eyes flash as you bring it closer to the surface.
Because walleyes have such sharp teeth, precaution is necessary, especially when taking kids out to fish for them. Kids will love trying to tackle this fish, but just be careful they don't get too close to the mouth. Just to be safe, always have a first-aid kit with bandages handy. You should have no problems so long as you're safe.
It is not uncommon to see people going for rather big fish by shore fishing walleye along lakes and rivers. They tend to prefer slower moving and darker water, and the more bait fish in that body of water the more likely the walleye population is healthy.
In the States, lakes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio offer some of the best walleye fishing in North America. Lake Erie walleye fishing is one of the most popular walleye hotspots in the world, particularly spring-time fishing in the Western Basin of the Detroit River.
In Canada, walleye is at its best in the many lakes and rivers of the province of Ontario. The Bay of Quinte in Lake Ontario, for example, offers trophy walleye throughout the spring and fall months. Ice fishing walleye is another popular choice, with the French River being one of the best locations in Canada.
If you are going after these big guys you definitely want to make sure you read up on your walleye fishing techniques. There are many different schools of thought when it comes to walleye fishing lures so you will need to decide which is going to work best for your situation. Gord Pyzer's five tips above are a great start and is sure to get you plenty of walleyes. Another option includes trolling with crankbaits, especially those shaped like minnows. As mentioned above, jigging with nightcrawlers, minnows, and leeches are ideal live bait choices. Shiners have become one of the most popular species of minnow for walleye, but be careful when using them for ice fishing. Shiners do not do so well in the cold and you may be better off sticking with other species.
Walleyes enjoy feeding when their prey is at the weakest visually. This means twilight is the best time for fishing as the transition between day and night wreaks havoc on fish with lesser sight in the water, which is precisely what a walleye wants. In addition, the choppier the water is the better. Anglers refer to this kind of water condition as "walleye chop", as the unruly conditions make for better hunting for the walleye. If you're going out at twilight and there are waves in the water, you're as good as gold for catching walleye.
Finally, getting the advice of a veteran who has plenty of walleye fishing tips will only make you become a better angler. The more you pick up, the more you'll bring in.
First fishing day 2013
Pictures from our May 9, 2013 Fishing trip to the Chesapeake Bay
Perch Fishing With ReelBait, XZone And Salmo
fishing 2013 started at perch festival time
2nd year to fishing
During the post spawn we were able to have many productive days in both deep and shallow waters using a split shot rig with 4" plastics
Pics From the 2013 Fishing season
Some shots from around the north shore of lake Erie
ice fishing me and my girlfriend
It's been a killer season with friends and family chasing the Fraser River White Sturgeon. Check out some of my picture highlights !
Fishing with my son 2012
Fishing with my son 2012
Great day fishing! we caught Snook, Ladyfish, Trout, Jack and cat fish. most were caught close in to shore in the mangroves off Pine Island Sound. Captain Wendell shared his knowledge and experience with 2 fresh water anglers, Gary and I. Great taste now set with salt water fishing! Thanks for hooking us in!
Gulf Coast fishing: Snook, Red fish, Trout, Cat fish, and Jack. One of our totals granted the title of a Slam as locals call it. We used Quatum Rods and reels, 30lbs pro line, Jigs with freshly caught bait, shrimp and pin fish.
Fishing on Long Island
So many kinds of fish are in my memory.
Fishing in SW Florida
My angling results are here.
This is my current boat. The name i chose for it was Dawgman. I had a nice decal made and everything but my wife really like the name of the other boat i sold that was named after her. But as i got ready to put the Dawgman decal on some wind blew it and it folded up ruining it. So then i took out the Zulu Queen decal and that's how it took the name of the former boat. well my wife is happy about i
This was my first boat that i named Zulu queen. It was named after the African tribe my wife belongs to. My wife is a south African and a Zulu.
The BulletBobber is the result of an accidental freak of nature, cross breeding of a fishing float with a planer board. The result was an entirely new species that provides directional control! It moves like a planer board but flips flips direction when given a little tug but size is more like other bobbers and cast like other bobbers. fishing invention. Seriously though, a fun to use fishing i
fishing on whitefish lake in northern ontario catching and releasing a big laker.