|One of my favorite August lures, the 1/4 oz echotail|
FishingThe reports from most outposts and Central lake are in and the consensus is pretty unanimous, walleye fishing has been superb. Trolling, vertical jigging, or casting have all been effective techniques the past couple days for NW Ontario's bread and butter species. Most large schools of walleye have been harboring around 12-16 ft rock reefs.
However, while guiding this past week I found an alarming amount of walleye in the weeds. As guests targeted pike along weed edges I'd drop a jig boat side and try for walleye. Quite often, most anglers in the boat quickly switched to walleye after witnessing frantic action. Central, SW and Burnt lakes seem to be the top for walleyes in foliage. Whereas, South, West and Cocos seem to be catching more fish on traditional rocky shorelines and reefs.
|Another great NW Ontario sunrise|
Northern fishing has been a bit more sporadic the past several days. They are hot one day and a bit reserved the next. Guiding last Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in several decent fish but the high sun and calm waters caused many of the big fish to follow and not strike. I found smaller fish camping in the weed beds while the bigger pike are prowling rocky drop offs and windy points. Tossing a Bomber Magnum Long A was the bait that resulted in quality fish. Any lipped large crankbait will do. Gold, black or perch were hot colors.
|West Lake drainage basin|
of densely packed clay.
Other projects, such as remodeling the interior of Cocos and a new solar shed at main camp are on the horizon.
|Mother good warming her chicks at West Lake|
We have received some great photos lately from our guests of nature around Big Hook. Thanks to all who have submitted photos. Here are a couple of my recent favorites.
Keep the photos coming in.
Good luck on the water everyone!