Summer is here in a big way in northwestern Ontario. The recent weather has been hot and so has the fishing. Water temps are way up, with mid 70's on the main lake today. The mayfly hatches are done and the walleye have been on the move. 100+ walleye days are still the norm - its really been an excellent year.
Over the last week or so walleye have moved en masse to structure in the main lake basin. Traditional summer patterns are working very well. Over the last 2 days I've caught 300 walleye all from 28-34 feet-of-water. Lindy jigs tipped with minnows have been catching all the fish. Hot colors are glow, chartreuse, orange and white.
Here's a shot of one of my guests, Lucas, with a nice walleye that won him the 'biggest fish of the trip' prize.
Here's another nice humpback Lac Seul walleye from an overcast day. Even the guide gets lucky sometimes :)
The Bruley party had a blast fishing with me at Moosehorn Lodge. They timed their trip just right for some awesome top-water smallie action.
June 16th was a special day in these parts - muskie opener! I had a chance to chase these monsters with Nick and Rocco, a couple muskie obsessed guys from Chicago. Last year Rocco set the bar pretty high with a 53.5" giant! This year, however, it was Nick's turn. Nick boated 3 nice muskies, all caught on bucktails. On average we saw about 6-7 fish a day.
Here's a sight I've been waiting a long time to see - a muskie in the Beckman Net!
Let 'em go, let 'em grow!
Coming up soon - more muskie, walleye, pike and lakers. Check out weekly audio reports at the Lindy website.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.