Catching Walleyes For Dinner!

Fresh Walleyes For Dinner

It’s the last weekend of June, the storms and flooding have the fish hunkered down, so can I still catch a enough Walleyes for Dinner? Well yes, but it took all three of my top Walleye Baits to catch them.

Where To Find The Walleyes

From the flooding of the lake, debris everywhere, and the water looking like mud will my top three Walleye baits catch fish in the areas I typically find feeding Walleyes? Well after an hour or so of fishing the weed-lines and not catching even a bass I started to think not. Next I worked myself out to the sandbars focusing on deeper water, which did offer up a few nice Walleyes.

What Baits To Use

I started early Friday night along the weed-lines and worked my way out to the edge of the sandbars before I picked up my first Walleye. The fish were on the bottom and I had to use old faithful (Ice Fishing Rapala) as the Bandit 200 & 300 was not getting down deep enough. My first Walleye was on a silver #7 Ice Fishing Rapala.

The next morning at 5:30 am I was hoping the Walleyes would be in the weeds feeding as the water was getting clearer and I had seen a few bait-fish the night before. However, the only thing I was catching were Northern Pike, so again I headed out past the sandbars. I started with the Ice Fishing Rapala, but nothing. Next I went to a 300 series Bandit, which will dive approximately 11 feet and picked up my first Walleye of the Morning. This told me that the Walleyes were starting to come back up off the bottom.

That same night around 6 pm I went out again, but started a the sandbar drop-off. I tried the Ice Fishing jig first, no luck, then went to Bumble Bee Bandit 300 Series, no luck, then to the Red Crab 200 Series Bandit (dives approximately 8 feet) and caught my first Walleye. This confirms that the Walleyes on this lake are coming off the bottom and soon will be feeding near the weed-lines again.

I will be out there again for the 4th of July weekend. Hopefully the boating action will not affect the fishing action. Enjoy the video.

The Best Walleye Bait For All Seasons

Catching Walleyes

Catching Walleyes is not hard as long as you have the right bait. Now you can use minnows, leaches, nigh-crawlers, ect.. but if you want to limited the different types of baits then the ice Fishing Jigging Rapala is one you want to have. The Jigging Rapala is the best all Season Walleye bait out there!

Jigging Rapala

I like to get through the Morel Mushroom season before fishing for Walleyes & Bluegills, but the temperatures have been so warm this Spring I needed to get out onto the lakes. Now this year has been outstanding so far for Walleyes and as in the past years the Jigging Rapala is my top Walleye bait, then the 200 & 300 series Bandit.

Jigging Rapala In Action

When using the Ice Fishing Jigging Rapala in open water you want to find a sand bar or weed line for your casting and retrieving. Start with the #7 size Rapala and move to a #5 if you are not getting any bites. I have found in some cases the Walleyes prefer the smaller #5 Rapala over the #7.

How To Fillet a Walleye

When you fillet a Walleye you want to make sure you fillet the cheeks of the Walleye also, as these are the best tasting part of the Walleye. Then you want to remove the thin layer of bones in your fillet, these steps are shown in this video.

How To Catch Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes – The Best Fish Fry of 2016

Fishing For Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes On The Same Trip

Last week I was asked to take two young couples fishing for the weekend, so I asked them what they wanted to fish for? Everything was the reply, so I pulled out the Fly Rods and we caught large Bluegills for the first 1.5 days. The last part of the second day, the rain picked up and the temperatures dropped, so we then turned to the Open-Bail Spin Casting Rods and started to fish for Bass, Northern, and Walleyes.

Best Baits For Catching Bluegills, Bass & Walleyes – A Great Fish Fry

My plan for the trip was to have fun, catch all three fish types, catch enough Panfish for a fish fry, and to teach these two very attractive young girls how to use a Fly Rod and Spin-Casting Rod.

For the baits I stayed with artificial since I wanted to use something that would create a visual strike for the Bluegills, Bass, & Northern. For the Bluegills we used my homemade Dry Flies (Spiders) and for the Bass and Northern we used our homemade top-water poppers. Both of these baits worked well giving us lots of top water action. For the Walleyes we had to go deeper so I went with the 200 Bandit and the Ice Fishing Rapala, which is my number Walleye bait.


The Fish Fry

The fishing was great and we kept plenty of fish for our fish fry. We prepared the fish by first filleting them, then cutting the fillets into bite sizes, soaking those in buttermilk for a few minutes, rolling them into floor with a little seasoning, and then dropped them into hot peanut oil. Oh so good!

Fishing Ontario Canada- Best Fishing Lakes of 2017

Ontario Canada Fishing – Walleyes, Trout, & Northern

A few of you have asked about a good place to fish in Ontario Canada so I did some research and talked to a couple of my YouTube subscribers from Canada and here is what I have found.

Canada offers some of the best freshwater fishing year-round and has over 400,000 lakes and rivers to choose from. So depending on whether you’re looking for a fishing/vacation trip or a secluded fishing area Ontario has it. You and your family or fishing party can choose from luxury to roughing it as Ontario Canada offers resorts, housekeeping cabins, remote camps, guided trips, fly in trips, pack in trips, or you can even take your own boat/canoe and boat to remote areas. Whichever you decide, make sure to plan your trip (safety, maps, camp, fire, cooking, etc.).

Here are a few tips!

– If you’re the serious fisherman then spend the extra money to do a fly in trip with a hired guide. This will get
you away from the cottages, other fishermen, and the heavier fished areas. You will also find the average catch
will run larger in these secluded areas.
– If looking for a cabin make sure it’s on the water and has an indoor bathroom with a sink.
– If you want to save some money consider cooking some of your own meals.
– If you want to rough it and be secluded then plan your trip and pack a survival kit.
– If hiring a guide ask if this is catch and release with shore lunch only, or you can take a limit home.
– Pack extra food, snacks, and drinks.
– Pack warm cloths and rain gear.
– Have insect repellent for Mosquitoes and the Black Flies.

Ontario Canada Lakes & Rivers – Pasha lake, Totem Resorts, Anderson’s Lodge, Garden Island Lodge, & Algonquin Park

These are the best fishing areas in Ontario Canada that I found through my research and contacts. I have tried to cover the entire region, giving you great fishing spots throughout Ontario. I also know that Ontario has so much great fishing to offer that there are incredible fishing spots that only an Outdoors-man that lives there would know about.

Pasha lake cabins

Pasha Lake Cabins are located near a chain of thirty or more lakes in Northwestern Ontario. Here you will find the Main Lodge, the Office, a Fish Hut, Bait shop, and clean cabins. The fishing in these lakes offer a variety of large and trophy fish; Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Brook Trout (Speckled Trout), Jumbo Perch, and Whitefish.

The surrounding lakes are accessible by boat, driving, or portaging. Lake Pipigon just West, offers large Walleyes, Northern Pike, Brook Trout and Lake Trout, however, the lake is very large so you may want to hire a guide to get on the fish quickly.

How To Find Lake Pasha

Address: Road 801, Jellicoe, ON P0T 1V0, Canada (Just Northeast of Thunder Bay)
Phone: 1-807-879-1188
Website: pashalake.com
Active Map: Pasha Lake Cabins

Totem Resorts – Totem Lodge, Yellowbird Lodge and Chalet at Sioux Narrows

These cabins are furnished, equipped with cable and WiFi, and have daily maid service. There is an excellent chef in each lodge, which offers outside dining and an incredible view of the lake. You can even book the bed and breakfast plan. Food prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is comparable to a very good restaurant.

Choose from Totem Lodge, Yellowbird Lodge, the French Portage Outpost, or Chalet at Sioux Narrows. These lodges are located on the Lake of the Woods and are geared more for relaxation and fishing, which means they will be more expensive. Walleyes will run 19 to 24 inches, which are just right for eating or a shore lunch. If you want something more secluded try the Fly-in fishing lodges in Sioux Narrows. Since you’re looking for the more luxurious trip you will want to consider hiring a local guide so you can get on the fish quickly. You will catch many fish, but make sure you understand the rules, as many of these guided trips are catch and release with shore lunches only.

How To Find Totem Resorts

Address: Totem Rd, Sioux Narrows, ON P0X 1N0, Canada (Lake of the Woods)
Phone: 1-807-226-5275
Website: Totem Resorts.com
Active Map: Totem Resorts

Anderson’s Lodge in Sioux Lookout

Anderson’s Lodge lies on Lake Lac Seul, Northwest of Thunder Bay and offers great fishing.. The lodge provides full-service fishing options as well as fly-in outposts on both Lac Seul and Tully Lake. You can purchase a variety of packages, which includes boat rentals, full guided service with shore lunches, housekeeping cabins, and meal plans. If you are there for fish take you own boat or rent one, avoid the guide!

The lodges are clean and very spacious. The staff is great to work with and the meals are that of a good restaurant. Fishing for Walleyes in Lac Seul will not disappoint you, as the Walleyes run larger (26 to 29 inches) and are plentiful. If you are looking to hire a guide ask for Alan and avoid Cecil.

How To Find Anderson’s Lodge

Address: ON-72, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7, Canada (Sioux Lookout)
Phone: 1-807-737-1279
Website: Anderson’s Lodge
Active Map: Anderson’s Lodge

Garden Island Lodge

Garden Island Lodge is accessible by boat or float plane and lies about 25 miles South-West from the put-in at Mowat Landing. The resort is on an Island in Lady Evelyn Lake, located in the Smoothwater Provincial Park and miles from the nearest road. The main Lodge is on Lake Timiskaming near the Quebec boundary, but you will fish Lady Evelyn Lake, which is West of this.

You will catch a lot of Walleyes (18” plus) and in addition to excellent fishing you will be spoiled with great accommodations, food, and a professional staff. The Lodge is set up to get you on the lake early and to keep you on the lake, so they will pack lunches for you. In preparation you will need to bring all your own fishing equipment and Garden Island will do the rest. The staff will make sure your boat is ready, fueled, and has bait every morning. Here you do not have a guide, but the Lodge will give you a map, and point out where the fish are. You can catch fish for taking home, a shore lunch, or even to have the lodge cook it for you.

How To Find Garden Island Lodge

Address: ON-72, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7, Canada (Island)
Phone: 1-705-672-2767
Website: Garden Island Lodge
Active Map: Garden Island Lodge

Algonquin Park

This park offers a lot of lakes, both easily accessible and those that are more difficult to reach and are not for the average fishermen. For the serious and adventurous fisherman that wants to get away from everything except Nature you will want to check this Park out. The Algonquin Park is located in Eastern Ontario, approximately 2.5 hours North of Toronto. If your are going to adventure to one of these secluded lakes you will need to be prepared, so consider safety, a survival kit, a camera, cooking, multiple portages, camping under the moonlight, and of course have fun!

Lakes in the back-country of the Park are not fished heavily because of their remote location, so this is where you want to go. Lakes along Highway 60, where fishing pressure is higher, have special regulations to ensure the populations are not over fished. As a result, Algonquin Park is considered one of the finest locations for Brook Trout and Lake Trout in the world.

How To Find Algonquin Park

Address: Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, Canada
Phone: 1-705-633-5572
Website: Algonquin Park
Active Map: Algonquin Park

How To Tie A Fish Hook On

Which Fishing Knots Are The Best To Use

When it comes to tying fish knots there are several to choose from, but do you need them all? Factors to consider when deciding on which knot to use are; its purpose, the strongest, and the easiest/quickest to tie. Here we will focus on the most common knots used and pick the 3 that most anglers will ever need. *Note, when using Monofilament wet the line first, this helps keep the knot from slipping out before becoming tight.

Knots Used For Tying Two Unequal Size Lines Together

In the cases where you need to tie one fishing line to another or tie a leader on, there are a few knots to choose from, but the most popular are the Alberto Knot, Albright Knot, and the Double Uni Knot. Any one of these knots will do the job, so whichever one is quickest and easiest for you, go with it. I prefer the Double Uni Knot as this is the easiest to tie, thus our #3 knot.

Alberto Knot

The Alberto and Albright Knots are extremely similar with both knots starting and ending the exact same way. It’s the style of line wraps in the middle section of these knots that separates them. This knot was designed to join lines of different diameters and/or composition such as monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders to braid line.

Albright knot

The Albright Knot is one of the most reliable knots for joining lines of greatly unequal diameters or different materials such as monofilament to braided line.

#3 Double Uni Knot

The Uni to Uni Knot is a standout for joining lines of relatively similar diameter or for adding a monofilament leader to your mainline or fly line. This knot produces a stronger connection than either the Surgeon Knot or Blood Knot. However, if you’re joining lines of vastly different diameters then the Albright Knot would be a better choice.

Knots Used For Tying On Hooks & Artificial Baits

The most common knots used for tying on baits and hooks are; Palomar, San Diego Jam, Trilene, and the Improved Clinch Knot. All four of these knots rank at the top of the list for being the strongest. I prefer the Improved Clinch Knot with 7 twist, but the Trilene Knot will resist slippage better and due to it’s double wrap around the hook eye is considered stronger.

#1 Improved Clinch Knot with 7 twist

The Improved Clinch Knot is our #1 knot. This is the only knot you really need for tying on hooks, artificial baits, or the line to your reel. I use this knot weather I”m fishing for Bluegills, King Salmon (Chinook), or Sturgeon.

Trilene Knot

The Trilene Knot is a strong and reliable knot for joining monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures. This knot resists slippage and is a stronger alternative to the Clinch Knot.

Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is a good knot for attaching a hook to your line or a fly to a leader. However, this knot seems to be a bit confined or bunchy.

San Diego Jam Knot

The San Diego Jam Knot is also known as the Reverse Clinch Knot. This Knot is a little harder to tie and does take longer than the Clinch Knot. The San Diego Jam Knot works well with monofilament, braided, and fluorocarbon lines.

Rapala Knot

Another knot that you could consider is the Rapala knot. This non-slip knot allows you to leave a loop in front of your bait, creating a little more action. This knot is harder to tie then the Clinch Knot and will required a little more time.

Tying A Line To Your Reel

The Arbor Knot is most commonly used for tying your line to a reel, however this knot is not as strong as the Improved Clinch Knot. Stay with the Improved Clinch Knot.

Knots for tying on Additional Hooks

When you’re looking to tie more than one hook to your line there is one knot I prefer, that is the Snell Knot.

#2 Snell Knot

The Snell Knot works great on live bait when you need multiple hooks or when adding a stinger hook for light biting Walleyes. This is our #2 Knot.

Our Top 3 Knots

The top 3 knots we have chosen will suffice most Fisherman and any line tying need that arises. These Knots again are; #1 Improved Clinch Knot (or Trilene Knot), #2 Snell Knot, and #3 Double Uni Knot.

See Animated Knots By Grog

Here you will see many of the fishing knots in Animation.

More Animated Knots By Netknots

This site will cover more Animated Knots but is not as good as Grog’s site.