If you have spent any time walleye fishing at all, you probably know that Canada is often considered the Mecca of walleye fishing. The Canadian shield is covered with thousands of lakes teeming with fish of all species. If you haven't yet had the chance, you really need to spend some time in Canada walleye fishing.
We have made several walleye fishing trips to Canada, and have had wonderful success, but this past summer we made our first walleye fishing trip to Lac Seul. Lac Seul is a 150 km long resevoir about 200 miles north of the U.S. border. Well known for its tea-colored waters, Lac Seul is known to produce fantastic numbers of walleyes from spring through fall. While many families and friends opt for a week-long houseboat trip, we decided to be adventurous and rough it for a few days over the Fourth of July. Destination, Ear Falls, Ontario.
Our initial destination was a camping sports fishing tacklearea on the south side of the English river, but a quick survey of the spot gave everyone in the vehicle a case of "Chainsaw Massacre" flashbacks. We ventured a bit further north, right out of Ear Falls and discovered Gold Pine Camp at the end of the road. A classic Canadian walleye fishing resort. We set up camp and hit the lake.
For this trip I was fortunate enough to have a chip for my Lowrance that had a decent map of the lake... at least for basic navigation. This was early July so we figured we would have a reasonable chance on any type of typical structure, so we ventured out a couple of miles to a nearby river system where the water is flowing into the lake. This area is a walleye spawning area and is closed to fishing through most of June. We ventured down the waterway and eventually located a nice point where some slightly faster current met the calmer water of the main lake and was stirring up the bottom a bit.
We went with jigs and minnows, a walleye fishing staple on these waters. We started with a slow back and forth drift and troll along the point. In pure Canadian fishing fashion, the bottom was pure rock, so we moved slow and kept as vertical as possible. Before too long we had our first walleye. Encouraged we continued moving from 8 feet to 12 feet, from the tip of the point back toward the river, then back again. Our son picked up a nice 20"+ walleye along with a few more eating size, but we returned everything back to the water, satisfied that we would be able to return in the morning to catch enough for dinner.
Our trip the next morning did not disappoint. Although it was obvious that the mayfly hatch was still underway, we caught nearly 30 walleyes, all with the same jig and minnow combination... moving slow and working our way around the point. We kept enough smaller walleyes for dinner that evening and made our plans for the next day. We decided to venture out a bit further and tested several points and islands, but never managed to catch more that a few small walleyes. Our best luck was that silly little point. Se we headed back. We only stayed for three days total, so we decided not to venture too far from where we had our first success. All told, we had a great trip with several fish over 20". We tried lindy rigs and even some crankbaits, but by far our best success was with the jig and minnow presented slow.