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Ontario Fishing Network
Volume 3,  Issue 9 -  Sept.  2003

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Robin's Prop & Boat Repairs - Rebuilding and repairs of your damaged boat, props, skegs and outboard motor foot. Great work and good prices!!

Drifter Tackle - Manufacturer of the famous Believer, recognized as the number one crankbait for trophy 50"+ muskies by Muskies Inc. Also manufacture the Stalker and Super Stalker lures

Tornado's Canadian Resorts - 4 season resort on Pickerel River, Port Loring. Family vacations housekeeping cottages, motel and lodge, American Plan available. Fine dining restaurant open daily, licensed lounge, corporate events, conferences. Fly-in fishing, all-inclusive packages Smoky Lake & Portage Lake, HK outposts Straight Lake, Blue Pine Lake, walleye, pike, bass. Air Charter, scenic flights.

Auld Reekie Lodge - GREAT Last Minute deals on FLY-IN Fishing trips!!! Charter flying is our business for fishermen, hunters, and servicing mining and bush operations in the James Bay Frontier. There are literally hundreds of lakes, a great many of them inaccessible except by difficult portage, or by air. Plan a vacation to enjoy the quiet, relaxing atmosphere of the pine scented forest while you fish for Lake Trout, Speckled Trout, Pickerel (Walleye), Bass and the great Northern Pike and relax in the evening around the camp fire.

Bearskin Lodge - Family holiday resort in Northern Ontario. Fully equipped waterfront log cabins with screened porches and private docks. Pristine wilderness lakes at the gateway to Killarney Provincial Park. Hiking in LaCloche Mountains. Swimming beach, boat and canoe rentals. Fishing for walleye, pike, large and smallmouth bass. Blueberry and mushroom picking. Nightly campfires.

Cedar Ridge Lodge - Moose hunts still available! At our Lodge you get a truly memorable experience at a reasonable cost. Run by sportsman who have a passion for the outdoors and want you to experience the same. Located on pristine Burt Lake, 30 km west of Kirkland Lake. Surround yourself with thousands of acres of crown land and an abundance of your favorite hunting or fishing species, including: Moose, Bear, Wolf, Grouse, Ducks, Geese, Trout, Pike, Walleye, Small Mouth Bass and more! We operate a clean lodge and offer full American Plans.

"Fall Time Means Plump Walleye"  By Justin Hoffman

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 time signals a change in the attitude of walleye. With the onset of winter just around the corner, walleye will begin gorging on baitfish and other food sources in order to build up fat reserves. This will be necessary to get them through the harsh and cold winter, and also to prepare them for the upcoming spawn.
The last few months before winter is an opportunity for "feast or famine," and the predator walleye will be out in full force, eating everything that comes its way. Locating these fish, and knowing what to throw at them, are two key areas that will help you find success.

Where To Look?
Finding the walleyes of fall can be a simple task, as locations are quite precise and straightforward. The first thing to do is limit all of your fishing to water that is less than twenty-feet deep. Fish move shallower as the water grows colder, and most of my angling actually takes place in water less than fifteen feet deep. Rivers, shoals, humps and islands all provide key areas for walleye to congregate at. These structure points provide an adequate food source and also an excellent staging area in preparation of the forthcoming spawn. Rivers and river mouths are actually two excellent locations that I rate high on the production scale. Current areas such as these seem to draw walleye in by the thousands, enabling both anglers on shore and in boat to cash in on the action. Concentrate on weed/rock transitions and well-defined weedlines that are made up of healthy green weeds.

The Graveyard Shift
Night fishing for walleye is a technique that positively shines when summer turns into fall. Due to their light sensitive eyes, the walleye will flood the shallows come nighttime, searching for an easy meal with their well-honed vision. The best technique to employ at night is to start shallow, and work progressively out into deeper water. I like to start in water between two and three-feet-deep, and work all the way out to fifteen or twenty-feet. Generally, you'll find the most action in the skinny water, as this is where the largest concentrations of baitfish will be congregating.
Crankbaits are your best choice during these optimum conditions as they can cover water quickly, and "match the hatch" perfectly. Choose cranks that have a long profile, and don't be afraid to go big when picking your baits. Lures between five and seven-inches are the norm in the fall, and will certainly produce above-average size fish. Look for baits that contain rattles, as they will definitely attract more attention under the cover of darkness. Don't let colour become an issue when choosing a crankbait, as the profile and sound they produce should be the two main considerations.
Casting and trolling are two productive techniques to utilize when chasing walleye through the night. Casting will allow you to work the area thoroughly, however, trolling will enable you to cover a larger area. One route I take is to cast the shallows first, working every nook and cranny in a slow, methodical fashion, and then trolling the deeper water as I work my way out.

The Frog Connection
Every fall, just as the frost begins to settle on the ground, frogs begin their migration from land to water in order to hibernate in the mud. Although this migration period may only last a few days, those lucky enough to experience it will be in for the thrill of a lifetime.
As the frogs make their way to the water under the cover of darkness, hungry walleye wait patiently, ready to snap up any frog that makes that fateful leap into the wet stuff. Walleye will stage in water as shallow as a foot deep, and they can make for easy pickings for anglers smart enough to figure the puzzle out.
I've only experienced this phenomenon once in my life, but the action was so incredible it will last forever in my mind. Walleye after walleye fell prey to my crankbait, many of the fish grabbing the bait as it hit the water, much the same way that a bass does a topwater plug. The key for this action is to find the right spot. Search for an area on your lake that has a mud bottom and is surrounded by cattails at the shore and wetlands on the bank.

Jigging a Fish Up
Jigs and livebait are a great technique when heading out in the fall, especially during the daytime period. Choose large chubs or sucker minnows, and keep your offering on or near the bottom at all times. Light from the sun will most certainly dictate the depths you scour, with deeper water being an obvious choice during bright, sunny days. Make sure to add a stinger hook to your offering in order to hook those fish that are light biters, or those that are feeling a little finicky.

 Justin Hoffman is the proprietor of Nature's Eye Images, a photographic stock company that specializes in nature and outdoor themes. Check out his online catalog at :

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