This photo is from Sunday, January 9th on the Bay of Quinte. I went out for the afternoon/sunset bite and caught a couple walleye, with this guy being my biggest. Fishing in 15 feet of water and this time using my spinning set up (Shimano Sahara 500FD reel, medium-heavy action rod, 10lb PowerPro ice line) and perch colour jigging raps rigged with live minnows.
I marked a lot of walleye on my flasher, yet they were hard to please. The first one I caught was when my screen was full of perch, it showed up out of nowhere and hit hard. Love that feeling! This walleye stalked my jig for a long time before committing. It’s fun to use different techniques and try and entice the fish to bite, although I feel that I should have slowed down my jigging early on. After realizing an aggressive retrieve was not working, I slowly rose the jig higher and higher with small twitches, and when this fish approached I retrieved very slowly, stopping every few inches. Finally, at about 7-8 feet he struck! YES!
I will be hitting the ice again this weekend, hope to have more pictures to share!
Wish we had the walleye fishery in VT like you have. Lucky!!!! Great blog btw!
Awesome fish! Good things come to those who wait. :-).