Summer is here in Sunset Country! The last few days have been hot ones and the fishing has been great. As the title of this blog post suggests, we've been tearing up the walleye lately on Lac Seul.
The heat and sun have had a big impact on the fishing. Prior to this heat wave surface temperatures were hanging in the 50's and I was having great post-spawn fishing in 15-20 feet of water. We even got some big ones out of 28 feet, the deepest yet this season. Rock points, sandbars, drop-offs, saddles, you name it - everything was working.
As temperatures started warming up with all the sun we've had in the last week, my deep water bite shut down. Where did they go? Shallow, really shallow! Huge schools of hungry walleye in 3-10 feet of water.
One of the hottest bites I've had so far all season coincided with the warmest surface temperatures I've found - 72 deg - in a shallow soft-bottomed bay. The walleye are in there gorging on mayfly nymphs that are emerging from the mud in the shallows.
It won't last a lot longer but I'm going to ride this shallow bite out till it's over. The action is fast and catching big walleye in 'skinny' water is fun!! Most fish are being caught pitching 1/8 oz Lindy Jigs tipped with minnows. The way to do it is keep the boat a cast length from shore and pitch in to the shallows, hopping the jig back to the boat.
Once that bite is over I'm expecting the fish to make their way to summer spots in and around the main lake basin. Won't be long now till we're on the humps and reefs.
Over the last couple weeks I've had the pleasure of sharing the boat with some great guys. My buddy JJ came up from Minnesota with a group of guys and we had an awesome day slamming walleye. I cooked the boys up a big shorelunch and JJ snapped some great pics. He's a talented photographer and outdoor writer.
JJ with some Lac Seul Gold
Had a great time with John, John and Al from Chicago. The 3 of us had a lot in common - we all love the Blackhawks and slamming lots of walleye! Here's John with a nice one.
Congrats to Greg for pocketing his buddies money for the biggest fish of their trip with this one. Great fish Greg!
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.