Ontario is the top destination in Canada for Walleye fishing and very few fishermen will disagree. Ontario is vast covering an area 15 times the size of the average US state, and has over 100,000 lakes over 300 acres in size, which many contain multiple species of game fish including Walleye. In this website I stay focused on Walleye Fishing in Ontario and helping people choose a lodge or outpost camp that meets their needs. F.A.Q. is the easiest way for me to answer your Walleye fishing questions based on my experiences, which is guiding for many different lodges across Ontario for over 40 years. Walleye Heaven also contains many fishing tips, articles and links to the top fishing lodges and outpost camps in Ontario.
In the lake the Walleyes start to spawn as soon as the ice along the shore starts to melt. Generally they like to spawn on a sandy bottom like a beach but the prime spot is off sandy points where eggs do not get washed up on shore like they would on a beach. By the time Walleye season opens in Ontario the Walleyes have been finished spawning for a couple of weeks. The reason the season stays closed for so ling is because the males will hang around the spawning beds for a week and sometimes two weeks after spawning. Since Walleyes spawn in schools if someone was to find one of these schools; catching fish would be just too easy and create the temptation of keeping more of their limit.
#1) Four fish with a sports fishing license and only one can be over 18.1 inches.
#2) Four fish with a sport fishing license and you can only keep Walleyes between 15.75 and 19.5 inches. Anything smaller or larger needs to be let go.
I think right now the regulations are an experiment. I guide on Crotch Lake, which is about 80 miles north of Kingston. They have regulation #2 on that lake and in the last 5 years I have seen the Walleye fishing get better and better. Not only am I seeing more Walleye my guests and I am are catching bigger Walleye. A link to my guiding page is on the Sharbot Lake page from the menu above.
Lodges: Most lodges in Ontario offer multiple levels of accommodations, which is usually a main lodge with lakeside cabins or cottages. American Plan means the lodge prepares your meals. Housekeeping Plan means the cabin has a kitchen and you make your own meals. In Ontario modified American Plan, also known as European Plan, means you get a housekeeping cabin with a kitchen but the lodge make you dinner. Google defines European Plan as being the same as housekeeping but that is not correct when describing Ontario's lodges.
Outpost Camps: If you really want to experience the northern wilderness and don't mind roughing it a bit an outpost camp is a great choice. Outpost camps are usually fly-in but many outfitters also have remote boat-to outpost camps. Outpost camps are almost always housekeeping.
In my website I have written fishing tips based on fishing different lakes across Ontario. I would like you to read them and consider some different options and tactics that you have not tried before. One technique that is great for one lake may not work in another. The depth of the lake, water clarity, water temperature, oxygen levels, the type of weeds, the structure, other species of fish in the lake and the lake's distance north all affect how they feed and behave. Ontario is a big place with many different regions and habitats. First, it is best to ask the lodge owner what works. Also keep in mind that lodge owners are way too busy to go fishing most of the times so if you are not satisfied with the fishing try different things. You should also try the techniques you are used to because they may prove to be better than what other people are doing on that lake. I want you to come to Ontario and have the best Walleye fishing trip of your life. My email is below if you have questions.
There is one thing for certain: Walleyes everywhere love worms (night crawlers). Below is generally what you should have in your tackle box when you are planning an Ontario walleye fishing trip:
• Jigs with salted or unscented twistertails (white usually works best)This is just a basic list. My fishing tips go into this with a lot more detail.
• An assortment of Rapalas, Thundersticks, Cotton Cordell Big O's or similar style of lures
• Spinners and worm harnesses
• Live worms and/or salt-cured minnows
• Spinner jigs and/or Husky Jerks and/or Erie Dearies for the deeper Walleye
Wash your Worms: I live out in the wilderness near Sharbot Lake in Northeastern Ontario. The company that used to distribute worms to all the stores in my area gave its territory to a company in Quebec. Now all the worms we are buying in local stores are packed in dry dirt and half dead. First I tried washing all the dirt off the worms and putting them in a container with damp moss. The worms came back to life and became plump and juicy but the Walleyes would not touch them. I assume the species of moss I have on my land has a smell the Walleyes don't like. So I turned to what my dad used to do. You wash your worms in spring water, lake water or well water. You can't use city water because it's recycled piss that's chlorinated and full of estrogen. I am surprised sinks and bath tubs in Toronto don't grow boobs. After washing the worms you put them in a container full of shredded wet newspaper. You need to get the paper wet and then squeeze the excess water out and then shred and crumple into loose balls. This way the worms can move around, stay damp but not drown.
Next you put the worms in the fridge for a few days before you go fishing. I guess it takes a few days to get any bad scent off the worms. After doing this I double or even triple the amount of Walleyes I catch. I did an experiment. Down the lane lives Vernon Scott. We went Walleye fishing on Crotch Lake. Vernon used worms from the store and I used my clean newspaper worms. I caught the first eight Walleyes. Vernon did not get a bite. Vernon got fed up and put one of my clean worms on and about three minutes later caught a nice 24" Walleye.
Fishing Deeper: I have full-page Walleye fishing tips for deep water with details about various rigs. On a quick note I would like to share something. I get a lot of business guiding in the heat of the summer because people have a hard time catching Walleyes this time of year. In July and August troll very slowly with a 3/8 oz. spinner-jig and a big fat worm. The spinner should be silver or brass and you need to troll 18 to 25 feet deep. Follow the contour of the shore staying in that depth range. Fishing deeper is your winning ticket. Please check out my deep water Walleye tactics from the menu above.
A Walleye will grow about 3 inches per year for the first three years and then their growth rate slows down. As they grow the rate of growth slows down. By the time they reach 30 inches it's most likely around 20 years old. The farther north in Ontario you go the slower a fish grows but because of the lack of parasites and disease in cooler northern lakes, fish farther north live longer and healthier so in Ontario they can reach over 35 inches. The MNR has caught many over 25 pounds through netting studies, which is far bigger than the current record. There have been stories of a trapper north of Nakina catching a 40-inch Walleye through the ice and feeding it to his dogs.
Ontario has thousands of the best lakes and Walleye fishing is more popular and in more demand than all other sportsfish put together. Because of their poplarity in the USA American fisherpersons bring 2 $billion into the northern economy every year and we dearly thank you for that. You could say mining, forestry and Walleye drive the northern economy.
Please take a look through my fishing site and check out the lodges I have listed right across Ontario. I also have tons of fishing tips, techniques and interesting research information to look at. If you are looking for an Ontario fishing trip and not sure where to go fishing or not sure where the best Walleye fishing in Ontario is, then tell me your needs and I will help you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.