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The walleye is one of the most sought after fish on all of our trips and one can see why by their wickedly sharp teeth.  Not only are they fun to catch but are very good eating.

Walleye have two very large eyes, from which the fish derives its name.  Walleye have eyes adapted to low-light feeding.  In addition to phenomenal sight, they also make use of hearing, both from ears in its head and it's remarkable lateral line.  A walleye can hear a single minnow up to 20 feet away and tell if it's acting normal or if it's sick.  Its sense of smell also helps him find and capture food.
Walleye spawn in the early spring, right after ice out.  The walleye lays more eggs per pound of body weight than any other fish.  They lay their eggs on gravel shoals or rock beds.  The river current that we have on our lakes also provides perfect spawning grounds for walleye.  After spawning, walleye have a short rest period.  After three to tens days they will start feeding with a vengeance.

Gear & Tackle

Weighing in at an average of 1 to 4 pounds, walleyes usually require medium to medium-light tackle. Rods should be in the 5'6" to 7' length. Monofiliment Line from 4# to 8# test works very well with Leadhead jigs or slip sinkers from 1/8 oz. to 1/2 oz. for most situations. Spinning reels are the norm for jigging, cranking and rigging presentations, while baitcasting reels are preferred for heavy rigging situations.

Lures & Presentation

Jigs account for most of the walleyes caught, hopping or dragging along the bottom in deep water or casting and retrieving in the shallows. Slip sinker rigs are also designed to be worked slowly along the bottom, snelled with plain hooks, floaters and spinner rigs. Diving and minnow-shaped crankbaits are the most popular casting and trolling lures, available in literally hundreds of styles, colors and actions.

How to Locate

Walleyes, most active in low-light periods, relate to structure such as weedbeds, rock piles and sandbars, frequently favoring the very bottom edges of such locations. In spring and fall, look for fish in water from 5' to 15' deep near the mouths of streams and shoreline-connected bars and weed beds. In rivers, walleyes congregate below dams and rapids, often lying in current breaks waiting to ambush prey coming downstream. Warm weather walleyes are often found much deeper, from 25' to 45', or suspended in schools roaming large lake basins.

Effective Baits

Most walleye fishermen prefer live minnows, leeches and nightcrawlers.

Due to conservation efforts, the Walleye fishing is considerably better then it was ten years ago. You are not allowed to keep any Walleye between 18 and 23-inches and only one bigger than 23 inches. Most don't keep Walleyes bigger than 23 inches because they are not as tasty as the smaller ones. As a result, the big females are always being let go, which has let the Walleye population rebound in such a way that you think you are fishing on a lake that's never been fished before.
Northern Pike

The second most sought after fish at our outpost camps is the Northern Pike.  They are an exciting, bold and ferocious underwater predator making them a lot of fun to catch.  Pike are also a very good eating fish, something that many folks often over look.

Northern pike is often considered the fresh water shark of the north.  When you have a northern pike on your line, you know it.  They can put up a battle often running out your line on more than one occasion.
Northern Pike have a very long body with a pattern of light, almost yellow spots on top of a dark green coat.  The head and back are typically darker green than the rest of the body.  The rounded head and nose are also quite long, comprising as much as 25-30% of the fish's total length.  The mouth is large and full of teeth and razor sharp.  The lower jaw usually protrudes beyond the nose.

The Northern Pike is a spring spawner.  The spawn occurs as soon as the ice is out.  They spawn in heavily vegetated, shallow bays.

Gear & Tackle

Canadian northern pike are among the largest, most aggressive freshwater fish in America. Pike can reach upwards of 20 pounds, while the big trophies can tip the scales at 30. (Thatís 45 plus inches in length) Stout tackle is the obvious choice- heavy baitcasting rods from 6' to 8', Big spinning or open face baitcasting reels filled with 14# to 30# test is your best tackle choice. Also essential is a stiff wire leader ahead of the bait, which prevents these toothy giants from biting through the line.

Lures & Presentation

Think big! Topwaters, buzz baits, stickbaits, crankbaits, bucktail spinners, big spoons and hair jigs all have their place in your arsenal. Be prepared to fish everything from thick, shallow weeds to deep rocks. Casting, trolling and jigging are all effective, most often dictated by time of year and water temperature. Rule of thumb: cast shallow, jig deep, troll both.

How to Locate

For most likely success, work shallow (2' to 10') warm water bays in spring; deeper (18' to 25') main-lake weedbeds and rock reefs in summer and a combination of both in the fall. Moving water, such as an incoming stream or narrows, is nearly always attractive to pike as is close access to deep water.

Effective Baits

Big fish look for big bait, often up to a quarter of their own length. Active fish attack flashy, fast-moving lures, while neutral fish need a bit of coaxing with slower presentations and scented baits. Large sucker minnows on a jig or spinnerbait are popular for working weedbeds.

Berkley PowerBait grubs, lizards, craws, shad and frogs are ideal for use as trailers on a variety of big fish lures. Liquid Power Bait also work very well in ,tempting these monsters to come out and play.

The reason for the fantastic number of Pike and the increased availability of Trophy Northern Pike is do to conservation. There is a slot limit in Northern Ontario. All Pike between 27.5 inches and 34.4 inches need to be released right away. Only one Pike over 34.4 inches can be kept. Realistically, you should not keep any Pike over 27 inches. If you catch a big Trophy Northern and want it mounted, please take some pictures and then let the fish go. You can get a replica mount, which will be an exact replica of your fish.
Lake Trout

The Lake Trout is a very hard fighting fish that is found in different levels in the water column in the lake throughout the year.

The lake trout spawn in the fall and as the water cools will move to round rocky areas to lay their eggs.  They will come from great distances throughout the lake to spawn in specific areas.
Gear & Tackle

In the springtime, they are caught without using a down rigger or sophisticated equipment.  A simple SR9 Shad Rad or Rapala trolled with a large amount of line behind the boat will yield great results.

Lures & Presentation

Lake trout are great chasers of lures and will cover long distances to run down their prey, so it is important to vary the speed of your lure.  They can be caught trolling large diving lures, casting spoons and spinners near their spawning areas and also jigging for them with 1-2 oz jigs.They can also be caught using down riggers and spoons such as the Laker Taker, Little Cleo and K.O. Wobbler.

It is important to troll in an "S" pattern near rocky points, shallow bays or structure.  Since the fish are high in the water column, they can be spooky, so a quiet approach with long lines is a must

How to Locate

During the summer months, the lake trout go deep in the water to search for cooler temperatures and bait fish.  They are found at or near the bottom in many cases, but will also chase bait fish up to the bottom of the thermocline.

In the fall, the lake trout will begin to suspend and rise higher in the water column.  Large cliffs near deep water will attract cisco minnows which in turn attract lake trout.
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