DESCRIPTION: This species averages from 15 inches to 27 inches in length, and many in the 27 inch to 30+ inch range. Walleye’s have a dark green back and a gold to white coloured belly. On their back is a dorsal fin which has 12 to 16 spines which are very sharp, almost needle like. Some of their key characteristics are its large silvery eye, a black blotch at the base of its dorsal fin, and a white blotch at the tip of its tail.
DISTRIBUTION: These fish are found in great numbers on Lac Seul and Map B Lakes. As spring spawners they can be found in relatively shallow waters during the months of May and June. They migrate to the deeper water as the season progresses where they settle into their summer holes for some of the most consistent fishing we see. As the summer starts to turn to fall, these large schools of fish start to move back to their spawning areas where they find an abundance of bait fish. You can expect to find these fish in depths of water ranging from 6 feet to 35 feet.
ANGLING METHOD: The most common method used to catch these fish is to jig for them using various size lead head jigs tipped with a minnow. The most important key to jigging for Walleyes is to be able to feel the lake bottom. Other techniques used in this area include casting or trolling crankbaits (this is best suited for spring and fall fishing when they are shallow), and trolling weighted spinners, also tipped with a minnow.
TROPHY WALLEYE FISHING: Lac Seul is the top producing trophy Walleye lake in our area and is rated as one of the top three Walleye fisheries in Ontario, but we also fish Minnitaki Lake for trophy walleye. We also walleye fish on Abram and Pelican Lakes, and while trophy walleyes are possible, these lakes tend not to be as productive as Lac Seul and Minnitaki Lakes, because of the superb structure and spawning areas they have. Also, our Lac Seul Fly-in Outposts, on the northeast end of Lac Seul, are in the heart of some of the best trophy Walleye fishing Lac Seul has to offer!
|Angling Experience||Suggested Tackle|
|Novice||1/2 oz to 3/8 oz jigs are the most popular baits. The key is to be able to feel the lake bottom. Various colours are used, flourescents being the most popular choices (red, pink, green, orange, yellow). These jigs should be tipped with a minnow to present the Walleyes with their favorite bait.|
|Seasoned||3/8 oz. to 1/4 oz. jigs are choice here, in the same colours as listed above. The difference is all in the weight of the jig. If you want to expand your Walleye angling techniques in the spring and fall, you may dare to use some crank baits such as: Wally Divers, Rapalas and Rattlin Raps.|
|Veteran||1/4 oz. jigs are the only way to go for a pro! Or use those new crank baits you’ve been dying to try.|
|Everyone||To help prevent line twists, we recommend using a snap swivel – size #9 will work the best.|
|Angling Experience||Suggested Equipment|
|Novice||ROD: 6’6″ in length, one or two piece, medium action, Spinning rod.
REEL: Spinning or Close-Faced reel with capacity for approximately 200 yards of 10 lb. test or 160 yards of 12 lb. test.
LINE: Trilene XL (or similar) 8lb. to 14lb. Test
|Seasoned||ROD: 5’10” to 7′ in length, one or two piece, light to medium action, Spinning rod.
REEL: Spinning reel with the capacity for approximately 120 yards of 8 lb. Test
LINE: Trilene XL (or similar) 6 lb. to 12 lb. Test
|Veteran||ROD: 5′ to 7′ in length, one or two piece, ultralight to medium-light action.
REEL: Spinning reel with the capacity for approximately 200 yards of 4 lb. test or 160 yards of 6 lb. test.
LINE: Trilene XL (or similar) 4 lb. to 8 lb. Test