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  • Walleye Tips for Wabigoon Lake & Dinorwic Lake:

    Spring:

    In the spring the Walleyes are right up against shore where there is sand or gravel because they have just finishing spawning but are still protective over their spawning grounds and the males are hoping for late females that still need to spawn. They are also found at the mouths of feeder-creeks and actually in the creeks. You will also find the Walleyes in the shallows up on top of sand bars and on top of shoals. Just after ice-out you want to be fishing is 2 or 3-feet deep of water. As the spring sun warms the water the Walleyes will go a little deeper during the day but in May and the first week of June it will be hard to catch the good eating size Walleyes if you are deeper than 6 feet. The big trophy females will go deeper and this time of year generally sit off the spawning areas in 10-foot deep of water but come shallow in the evening. Late spring the small ones are 8 to 10-feet deep and the big females will be between 10 and 15 feet. Wabigoon Lake and Dinorwic Lake are shallow lakes so you don't have to worry about the big trophy Walleyes taking off into a deep abyss where you can't catch them. That is why people fishing these lakes are so successful.

    Using a jig with a black, transparent green or white twistertail tipped with a tiny piece of worm or a bare jig tipped with a minnow or leech will bring in hoards of smaller male Walleyes in the 1 to 4 pound range. Scented twistertails and rubbers do not work very well in the north. You will catch way more with just plain unscented rubbers. In the middle of the day when it's really sunny you might have to let your jig actually sit on the bottom and just do little jigs to make it look like a bug on the bottom. If you are in a sandy area try dragging your jig with little jigs every foot.

    The big 5-pound-plus females will be deeper during the day and generally spread out along the shore. Trolling with a countdown or smaller lures that run around 8 feet deep is the best way to get them because you can cover more ground. Walleyes are more sensitive to motor sounds so less weight and more line is key. In late evening the big females come right up to shore in 3 or 4 feet of water. At this time trolling really slow with a small floating Thunderstick or Rapala will bring in all sizes of Walleyes but your chances at a trophy are much better. Red, Chartreuse and Fire-tiger are the best colors in the spring when trolling late evening along the shore for the big females..

    Summer:

    There is only so much food along the shoreline and competition for food with Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Perch, Crappie and Muskie is fierce so the Walleyes spread out into the middle of the lake and congregate around weed beds and around structure such as rocky points, island and shoals. In the summer sediments churned up by heavy winds can make the water murky. In these conditions smell and visibility is everything. You want to use worms on a spinner with a quiet willow blade. If you use a blade that makes sound like a Vibrax it will attract Pike and Muskie. In the summer the Walleyes will be in the 2 to 12-foot range and again the big females come shallow at night to feed and will come right up into 2 or 4 feet of water, depending on how thick the weeds have grown in. Blue & silver and black & silver are the best colors for trolling in the evening for the big females.

    Fall:

    Fall is very similar to spring except the Walleyes are not spawning. They are still attracted to the feeder-creeks and sandbars. What is happening is the Whitefish are spawning. Whitefish eggs are way too small for Walleyes to bother with but the Walleyes are interested in the minnows feeding on the Whitefish eggs. There will be plenty of Walleyes all over the lake but they are more concentrated around feeder creeks and sandbars in the fall, especially in the morning and evening hours. This time of year a jig tipped with a minnow is killer. Casting small crank baits at the mouths of streams will also work well.

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