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NW Angle Walleye tips?


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Was looking for a little advice on what presentations you guys use for walleyes in this area...I will be the first to admit I am more of a Musky guy but in a few weeks it will be my job to put family on walleyes here and there and my efforts this past week in that regard were pretty lackluster out in the Angle...

With the live bait restrictions going into Canadian waters we were limited to using gulp minnows on jigs...I have a detailed chip with humps and depths and really noticed 80+% of the humps and reefs seemed void of fish on the graph...Not sure if my spot selection was weak or live bait would have really made a huge difference but never seemed to really get into them like I feel we should have...

any basic thoughts or ideas would be appreciated as I just can't seem to figure out the walleyes up there like I can on other lakes in Canada and I'm sure the fishing is great and it is just me....

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Fish around the islands i.e. Oak, Flag dragging crawlers on crawler harnesses. Find a point to fish, or rocky areas. (S. Oak.). Use the trolling motor and slowly work the area tell you find them, then keep hitting that area. good luck!

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Where are you staying at the Angle? If you want to PM me I will share some spots with you.

You can take live nightcrawlers in worm bedding to Canada. Make sure you declare the bait when you call in for the day.

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You can buy minnows up there at the resorts, just make sure if you go into Canada that they are dead. Gulp will work to. The fish are on the reefs mostly on the deep sides of the reefs.

You can use spinners and linty rigs as well but it is a pretty consistent jig bite. When fishing the reefs just change your depth until you find the fish. It is pretty common not to mark fish on the reefs, not sure why but it seems like when I mark them they aren't biting. When I don't they are. Not sure it makes sense it is just what I have noticed.

Good luck!

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Start on the reefs- consider different depths (reefs that top out at 5', 10' 20' 30'). Drift or troll spinners and crawlers over them. If shallower reefs don't hold fish, look for deeper ones (especially after bad weather). If that doesn't pan out, look at windblown points. Troll rip rap shorelines in 10-14 feet with cranks. Fish (with cranks or live bait) current areas. If all these fail, have take a break and consider yourself lucky to be in God's country. Good luck!

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Thank you for the replies...I stay on Flag Island, I can do pretty well up by Skeet but let's say anywhere from Bishop Bay SW to Flag and beyond to Massacre I have not been able to duplicate the success and I hate to have to drive 15+ miles just to catch walleyes consistently, doesn't seem like it is necessary on a lake like this...Going to incorporate some crawlers and points into the mix and we'll see how that works

Tuffboy I wasn't able to PM you, if you feel like talking a little bit of spots my email is [email protected]

Thanks all

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1/4oz jogs and half a crawler jigging deepwater humps - 20'-25' tops surrounded by deeper water should have fish. If you have a chip you'll be fine - follow your instincts...and the map. Tons of these sunken islands in the Rope/Skeet area - just pretend it's a trapline and start checking your sets - fish for 5 minutes - nothing doing? Move on to the next one, and so on, and so on, and so on.

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Heartman hit it on the head, we fish Bishops area same way. If no active fish in 5+ mnt then move on

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For the past few days we have been slamming the Walleyes on the reefs around Massacre Island...hint, hint. Jigs with frozen shiners or chubs have shown great success, but don't be afraid to drag a few spinners with bottom bouncers across the tops of the reefs. Gold has been the only color I've been using up there for the past week. As one of my great friends always says, "Silver is my favorite color, that's when I'm sick of catching them on GOLD"!

Take care and have a wonderful 4th of July!

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