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    Going fishing Ontario late May............

    It is my first trip this far north for Walleyes.
    This time of year I would expect to be fishing "transition" Walleye, yes?
    Can anyone tell me if I should be jigging, spinnerbaiting, crankin' or Lindy Rigging?
    I would appreciate any help, as my tackle box is already at its' limit.

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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Sorry, can't help you, but love that CF has become the go-to place for advice and tips. Social media at work! :)



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    It kinda depends on how far North you are going.
    From my expierences you will be mostly jigging.It will be a spawn to late spawn bite.


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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    I went up to Ontario fishing with a bunch of my buddies the first week of June last year. Cedar Lake lodge was the resort we stayed at I think. For walleyes we used jigs and minnows. We let them sink all the way to the bottom and then reeled it in a bit so it was a foot or so off the bottom. We caught tons. It seemed that we were having more luck with the blue jig heads for what its worth.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Chartreuse whistler jig, been up there 12 of the last 14 years. Use real leaches.


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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Jigging for sure. Quarter ounce or 3/8 tipped with a minnow or crawler.

    You'll be rolling in Walleye.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Like someone else said use Northland whistler jigs, grab some various colors and sizes. Leeches and crawlers should work great. Also grab some packs of some 4 inch plastic ringworms and a bottle of spray attractant, or bring some berkley gulp leeches, grubs, or minnows. Not as good as using live bait can work good if you run out of live bait on the water.

    At our cabins in northern Minnesota we have best luck using snell rigs with red tail chubs but they are crazy expensive, but in the rust colored water in Canada whistler jigs have always worked best for us. If you are on a lake with smallmouth in it as well the whistler jigs will work on them too.

    Also bring clothes for any kind of weather. In 2001 around memorial day weekend we fished in a nasty snowstorm at about 34 degrees and the next day it was 70. Both days were great fishing but had to wear about everything I had underneath my rain gear.

    Have a great time and enjoy some shore lunches.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    We use a lot of jigs, smaller stuff works well in the spring, although I know guys that use 1/2 ounce jigs, we like the 1/4 and 1/8. Have better luck with crank baits at night, near dark. We go in June so it is light all but 3 or 4 hours of the day. Leeches and minnows are good, but when the fish are biting live bait keeps you out of the water longer. Lindy rigs tend to get tangled or eaten by northerns. Hard to use with more than two guys in a boat, plus it is pretty easy to loose your bait and just be dragging hooks through the water, especially with minnows.

    We find the slow presentation works best with walleye.

    I do not like the braided super lines. The do not have very much stretch, so you can really feel a bite, but you can really get snagged good and if you are forward trolling you could break your pole or loose it altogether.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    fly in lakes are much better. the drive in lakes get fished out. jig and minnow is the best. if you get a chance at a lake trout, go after it. biggest thrill in life.


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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Quote Originally Posted by TOR View Post
    Chartreuse whistler jig, been up there 12 of the last 14 years. Use real leaches.
    this but i have had way better luck with the minnow.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneML View Post
    fly in lakes are much better. the drive in lakes get fished out. jig and minnow is the best. if you get a chance at a lake trout, go after it. biggest thrill in life.
    I agree with this 100%. The most fun I've ever had fishing in Canada was trolling for lake trout. Catch one of those bad boys deep down in the lake and they fight like no other.


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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Contact your resort and ask what they recommend the time you will be at the resort. This will save you money in the long run. The resort we go to Sunset Lodge in Denorwic, Ontario will tell us what to use. Could be a 1/4 ounce jig head with a minnow or it could be crawler. Really contact your resort and ask. I'm sure most fishermen won't believe this but this resort the jig heads are cheaper at the resort than any place I have checked. 1/4 ounce are 4 for a dollar. Very inexpensive. This resort has a web page that tells you what the fish are biting on and the depths. The best web site for a resort that I have ever seen. I recommend to hire a guide for a half or whole day. Our first guide we hired was just fabulous and we still have all the spots on our GPS. Good luck in Canada. Sunset Lodge #1 Walleye-Muskie lake in Canada. We use Fireline and we would not use anything else. Easy to snap the line to get out of snags.
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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    You are probably going to be hitting pretty close to the spawn. I would try to find any current in the system. If you find a rapids or a feeder creek you should be golden. Minnows will work im sure, but id suggest you try ring worms in the current, not only do they hammer them but they also seem to pull in bigger fish. If the water temp is still below 50 when you go make sure you target the shallows at dusk and dark on a shallow flat with rock or sand and cast long bodied stick baits as this will give you a shot at a true hawg.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    If you are jigging don't be one of the guys that drops anchor right where people are drifting thru with lindy rigs.



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    Re: Going fishing Ontario late May............

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneML View Post
    fly in lakes are much better. the drive in lakes get fished out. jig and minnow is the best. if you get a chance at a lake trout, go after it. biggest thrill in life.
    We were catching them in 70' of water out of a canoe in the boundary waters. They pull you around, pretty awesome. Nothing beats big fish out of a canoe. Thought those were the fish of a life until I caught a 4 1/2 ft. long tarpon wading in Florida with my bass rod and reel and 12 lb. test! Damn I love fishing.



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