We try to make a habit of getting to Canada just at the right time, right at the end of the ice season. Last year the ice went earlier than we expected, so we didn’t make it. This year, we made it, and judging by the thickness of the ice, our neighbors to the north will be enjoying ice angling for a few more weeks.
We are staying at Andy Myers Lodge on famous Eagle Lake in Ontario Canada. Andy Myers is ideally located near many different bodies of water, which offers us the opportunity to try out a variety of different techniques for a variety of different species. Our group consists of some familiar faces, Rob Manthei, Pete Maina, and Danny Herbeck to name a few; and also a few new faces. We’re all out on the ice for the same reason, to enjoy some wonderful Canadian fishing.
We are very comfortable this year, as the temperature has been in the 40’s (or in the mid single digits if you’re talking the local ºC) The weather takes a backseat to the fantastic fishing, which excites us with walleye of all sizes, and some of the biggest pike we’ve see on the show.
Last Ice in Canada II
Show Date: April 16th & 17th 2011
Location: Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada - Near Vermilion Bay, Ontario
Guide: Danny Herbeck [1-888-727-5865 | andymyerslodge.com]
This week is part two of our fantastic fishing experience out of Andy Myers Lodge on Eagle Lake in Ontario, Canada. We are blessed with great weather again, but not for the entire time, the other we had to deal with some rain. A bit of weather did not stop the great fishing at all, as we were in pursuit of two species.
To start off, we targeted lake trout, setting up in 40 - 100 feet of water. We were jigging and setting up tip-ups, but luckily for us most of these fiercely fighting fish came on our jig rods. We used a Berkley tub jig with cut bait.
The bite we were most looking forward to yielded some impressive results - as many as we wanted. That bite was the Eelpout, this tasty and oft ignored member of the cod family, is as fun to catch as it is to eat. One of Andy Myers summer guides that was with us, Travis, told us that “They have a bad rap up here too” and “This is the first group that I’ve been with thats targeted them.” Even though there is no limit on the pout, we only keep what we are going to eat for our evening fish fry. Selective harvest and self-regulation is what keeps fisheries fertile, and allows us to come back and fish it again next year.
Show Date: April 23rd & 24th, 2011
Location: Peshtigo River, Peshtigo, Wisconsin Guide: Pro Guide Larry Smith [920-361-4996 | walleyeguide.com]
The spring walleye run on the Peshtigo River is the place to be in April, but timing is crucial, with this bite only lasting around two weeks. Larry Smith is the go-to guy to get on these fish just at the right time. Larry’s expert knowledge of this river comes from over 15 years of fishing it. The people that are able to get out with him during this short run experience some of the fastest walleye fishing they’re likely to ever see.
We are anchoring the boat and casting 5” Gulp minnows, and pumping our jigs right on the bottom. This drop-dead simple technique is masked by Larry’s precise boat positioning, and finesse jigging technique. “90% of the time they will hit on the drop, so it is important that you follow your jig down while you're jigging.” Larry explains.
They Only Come out at Night
Show Date: April 30th & May 1st, 2011
Location: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Guide: Pro Guide Dale Stroschein [ 920-743-5731 | wackywalleye.com]
It starts out as a tough bite on the bay of Green Bay as we head out with Dale Stroscheine of Wacky Walleye Guide Service. Also joining us us Kevin Theisen of Yamaha Motorsports, Kevin keeps us mobile in the winter with ATV’s and snowmobiles.
With a spring that won’t seem to quit, we start out our trip in a rain storm targeting post-spawn walleyes. This period the walleyes are very actively feeding, and we look to take advantage of that. We start out jigging Gulp, moving from spot to no avail. After several hours in the rain, we start out trolling, hoping to increase our chances at a bite. With only a couple of fish in the boat, and the night creeping in, Dale makes a decision to move to a