Fall Walleye Tips

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Fall Walleye Tips

Fall Walleye Oct. 4, 2015

The colder fall weather brings some of the best fishing of the year for many species of fish. For me, it means trolling and casting for trophy-sized Bay of Quinte Walleye with a few different presentations.

We are lucky enough here on the Bay to have a somewhat unique fishery when it comes to trophy Walleye. Being a tributary of Lake Ontario we get migrations of many different Great Lakes species, including the huge Gizzard Shad eating Walleyes of Lake Ontario. In mid to late October the large schools of Walleye start to enter the Bay of Quinte both to feed on these Gizzard Shad, and progressively work their way towards their spawning areas throughout the winter months.

Large deep running crankbaits like Rapala TDD11, Reef runner 700, Live Target, and Smithwick rattling Rogues trolled behind Planer boards at a wide range of different speeds from .7 – 2.5 mph is the ticket.

Planer boards are a great way to get your lures out and away from the boat, allowing you to also run more rods giving you a wider trolling path. Say you set your first rod at 150ft of line out then attach a planer board, let out another 200ft, that line will run 200 feet out to the side of the boat and the lure will run at 150ft behind that board. So your next rod that you want to set on the same side would run at 150ft of line, the planer board, then another 150ft of line. This board would run 150 ft to the side of your boat inside of the first board you set. You can add an unlimited spread depending on anglers on board, and how many rods per angler is allowed. 4 men in Lake Ontario side of Bay of Quinte could have an 8-rod spread covering over 400 ft of water in a single pass!.

The trolling bite can be fantastic with a 6-8lb Walleye being an average at this time of year. I also love night fishing from local waterfront parks, docks, and any accessible water with good depths for casting. At night Walleye move into shallow reefs, bays, and river mouths adjacent to deep water to find their hiding prey. Depending on the depth and snags present you may need to try a couple different options for presentation. If deep enough, try casting those same deep running crankbaits used while Trolling from shore, a slow rolling barely moving retrieve is perfect on most nights. This slow retrieve also keeps the baits from reaching their full running depth.If the crankbaits are not producing, a jig and Mister Twister 4” curly tail cast out and crept across the bottom slowly with the odd hop likely will. If you keep getting snagged in the area you are casting with the jig, try casting and swimming it using a countdown to work different depths while keeping it off of the bottom. Another great tactic for night time shore walleye is slow rolling or twitching a shallow jerk bait in water under 10 ft deep. Rapala Husky Jerk, Storm Thunderstick, and Rapala flat rap have been great baits for me. I hope some of my tactics pay off for you either on your home bodies of water or on a trip here to the Bay Of Quinte!



As always, practice catch and release whenever possible to keep our great fisheries alive, and share the thrill of catching fish for generations to come.

There is nothing wrong with a selective harvest. If keeping fish know the laws, limits, and boundaries of the areas and zones you are fishing.

Chris Langeman




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