LAST CHANCE WALLEYES
One of the nice things I discovered about doing the fishing seminars at the Spring Fishing and Boat Show in Toronto the past week was meeting up with a bunch of hot fish heads.
Guys like Grant McAllister of G2 Angling www.g2angling.com and Jeff Chisholm of the Quinte Ice Fishing Team and guide service //www.quinteicefishing.com
From listening to the boys spin their yarns, the end of February is the time to be on the Big Bay, but you better get down there quickly as time is running out - the season ends next Tuesday on March 1st.
Quinte is a special place for walleyes any time of the year, but especially in the winter, as you can target both trophy size 'eyes as well as numbers of smaller fish fit for a king's dinner.
Jeff was telling me that the week or so leading up to the Spring Fishing Show was interesting as you had to "play" with the walleye in order to coax them to bite.
The key in situations like this, where the fish spend an inexorable amount of time, finning with their noses almost touching your bait or lure is using the best ice fishing sonar unit you can buy. For the past two winters now I have been a Humminbird Ice 55 unit and it is truly amazing what it will show and tell you.
Indeed, most anglers mistakenly believe the key feature of a sonar unit is its ability to tell you if there are fish or not below your hole. That is important for sure, but that is only a small part of the picture.
Where units like the Humnminbird Ice 55 unit excel is in their ability to tell you everything you need to know about the mood of the fish. For example, when you can watch how each walleye responds to subtle changes in your jigging motion, changes in lure colour and even alterations to the makes, models and sizes of lures that you're using, you've solved the