This episode starts our 2014/2015 airing season and if you like Walleye fishing, then this episode’s for you!
Pete headed up to the White River Air Base in the Algoma district of Ontario and was brought in as a “hired gun” by Dan and Brandi MacLachlan of WWA. They are looking for different lakes to possibly open up for future outpost camps. This may be the ultimate gig… scouting a lake and shooting it for television.
Mid spring was the season for this one which typically puts the Walleye somewhere in the post spawn or after the spawn mode. Luckily for Pete this was a small lake so the fish don’t take a really long time to recover from the mating rigors and get back to regular open-water feeding modes.
After a short flight in with a Turbo Otter no less, Pete was in the boat and heading to an area that Dan had suggested. He could hear running water but couldn’t see it… however hearing it was enough to start fishing right there. Incoming water is a great place to look for early season Walleye.
Pete said, “I took some time to scope the area with my fish finder. I could have just started casting but I wanted to get a bit of the lay of the land”.
He started by throwing a suspending Jerk Bait, looking for active fish but soon moved to a jig with some plastic and some meat.
“I was here to scout for fish, I wasn’t going to play around with fast baits because it was fun. I needed to find fish and a minnow is the perfect addition to a jig for that job”.
The plastic we are referring to is a 4” Yamamoto grub. Early in the year Pete often breaks off the curly tail, leaving only the solid front of the grub on the hook.
“This serves a few purposes; first is color; second is buoyancy and last the grub body stops the minnow from sliding forward on the hook” says Pete. “Often it’s the little things that can make a difference”.
During this episode Pete goes through all the details of what makes this body of water so great and shows a trick or two on how to vary up your presentation with the tried and true jig.
There’s loads of beautiful big Walleye in this show. If you miss it on the tele, you can always go to our On Demand page to view this and many more episodes.
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s fantastic fishing location Pete headed north on highway 400 to highway 69. At Sudbury he headed west on highway 17 to the town of White River. He then boarded a float plane at White River Air which took him to Burton Lake.