Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 22

I like being on a lake when the sun rises. It might be my favourite aspect of the outdoors overall.

It’s also not that bad to troll around, looking or fish. It can pay off.

We were out in summer a few years ago. We were on the Spanish River. We were fishing in a convoy of

boats going up and down this one particular stretch in the river that had a sharp bend on it. There

were about 15 boats working

this section. Everyone spaced

out and did a pass, drifting

down the river around the

point and then starting up

the motor and going back

up to the top portion and

starting the process all

over again. Bill and I did

about eight to 10 passes

and failed to get a fish. We

noticed other boats picking up

the odd walleye here and

there. We were told to

slow drift minnows

on jigs down the river bottom on the bend side by others we knew who were out there. It didn’t work for us.

We changed it up. We went to the bottom bouncers and, most importantly, we switched to the other side of the river where no one else was fishing.

We made our first pass and came across a 10-foot hump in 25-feet of water. We hit a double header of two nice walleyes that both surpassed the 20-inch mark. Every pass, we picked up another fish. We had our limit in no time.

This summer, take it easy and try a few mornings of slow trolling for walleye. It’s also deadly on pike, bass and catfish. The morning bite is one to not miss.