This Fish’n Canada show is kind of a bizarre episode which sits on the heels of an even more bizarre episode in where Ang had found what could be deemed as the ultimate Pike Feeding Frenzy! He located this fishing phenomenon along a shallow cut that separated 2 sections of Kabinakagami Lake in Ontario’s Algoma region. The Pike he was fishing, were up in the shallows smashing and gorging on thousands upon thousands of minnows… more than he has ever seen in one location is what he told me.
“When Ang found this area with Stewart Agich of Agich’s Kaby Kabins“ says Pete “he couldn’t believe the amount of both baitfish and gamefish in the immediate area”.
The most prominent were Pike, however after Angelo and Pete discussed the area, Pete immediately turned to Walleye.
“With that much bait there” Angelo states “there’s definitely Walleye there along with the Pike”
This was a very small channel that separated 2 different areas of the lake. The boys weren’t sure why the bait was there, but they were sure of fishing the area.
“Since the Pike were ravaging the shallows” Pete says “I figured the Walleye would be outside and away from most of that crazy daytime activity. The bottom of the adjacent channel is a great place to start” (which incidentally is where Ang picked up a few Walleye while scouting for bigger Pike).
SMASH IT or LEAVE IT
Boy was Pete ever right in his assumption. Armed with hard suspending Jerkbaits and soft Jerkbaits on jigheads, he proceeded to work the channel from end to end, catching Walleye after Walleye.
“The interesting thing I found” says Pete “was it seemed that the Walleye were more concentrated at each end of the channel with not much activity in the stretch between. Maybe this was due to new baitfish moving in or an entrance/exit point.”
The biggest problem of fishing areas like this one that are full of gamefish as well as baitfish is trying to coax an already full predator into taking an artificial bait.
“By using a suspending Jerkbait, I could literally pause it directly in front of the Walleye, giving them only 2 options, smash it or leave it” says Pete “and many times they indeed smashed it”!
When the fish seemed to shy away from the Jerkbait, Pete put a rather large 5” Yamamoto D Shad on a 3/8 ounce jig head and popped that through the fish filled channel.
“I figured I would give them an up-sized meal”.
By the end of the day not only did Pete get a great Walleye show but he “encountered” a couple of big Northern Pike as well… truly a bonus when fishing Walleye in the north.
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to todays 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 Kaby Lake.