Early Season Walleye
Spring came early this year in NW Ontario. Usually we're still ice fishing in early April, but not this year. The ice has been unsafe for weeks now and a lot of areas are open water. The ice isn't totally gone from the big lakes, but it will be any day now.
Early ice out like this gives us a unique opportunity to fish walleye from a boat before the season closes on April 15th. It's been a real treat with some awesome action and big fish. We're getting fish in 15-25 feet as they stage near spawning areas. Males are already milty and the females are fat with eggs.
This is the earliest I've ever fished Lac Seul in a boat. It sure felt great to get out and set the hook on some walleye.
Coming up - ice out lake trout and wild turkey hunting. Gotta love springtime!
4/19/2012 10:42:20 pm
5/14/2013 04:43:32 pm
Loved your blog and am happy to see these photos of you holding such big fishes! All seasons are not good for fishing! If you know the right time and right place you can come back with such big numbers! Thanks for the post and best wishes for your efforts!
12/10/2013 02:35:34 pm
Your article I learned a lot of things, thank you.
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Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.