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OPEN THE WALLEYE SEASON LIKE A PRO by Gord Pyzer

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Open the Walleye Season Like a Pro

Mathew Koprash's opening day walleye staple is a 1/8- to 1/4-ounce chartreuse coloured ball head jig that he tips it with a nightcrawler.

USE THESE TIPS TO FISH BIG ONTARIO WALLEYE DURING MAY OPENING WEEKEND



If you're a walleye angler who loves to fish in Ontario, you know what is going to happen over the next three weekends.

It's the opening of the walleye season on the first Saturday of the month in southern Ontario, the second Saturday in the central part of the province and the third Saturday across all of massive Northern Ontario.

It's like rolling Christmas and your birthday into one great big party.

"I'll be opening the 2017 walleye season this weekend on the Bay of Quinte," says top Ontario guide, Nicholas Werner, "I'll walk out my back door and hit the throttle on my new Kingfisher 2025 HHT and run right toward Lady O (Lake Ontario)."


With the warm weather we've enjoyed this spring, walleye guide Nicholas Werner anticipates finding the fish in their post-spawn transition stage. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

Northeastern Ontario walleye stick, Mathew Koprash won't be going far either, kicking off the season on his beloved Lake Nipissing.

"There is no other lake I would rather target on opening weekend," says Koprash. "And I'll come home with a big smile and a sore arm."

While Werner and Koprash are separated by several hundred kilometres, they both anticipate that with the unseasonably warm weather we've experienced this spring, they will find the walleyes in the throes of the post-spawn transition.


North Bay walleye ace, Mathew Koprash will be opening the walleye season on Lake Nipissing, where he says when you find the bait, you find the fish. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

"I am expecting the fish to be transitioning from the shallow spawning bays and inlets back out to the main lake basin," says Koprash. "They'll be focusing on restoring their energy levels and we may even get lucky and find them following the shiners into the shallows. If this is the case, when you find the bait, you will find the walleyes."

Werner agrees.

"With the warm weather," he says, "I'll have the Kingfisher loaded down with just about everything I own. I'll rely first on my Cabela's trolling rods rigged with the Quinte regulars, including specially painted clown and perch coloured Rapala Husky Jerks from Big Eye Custom Tackle, Berkley Flicker Minnows and Reef Runners. I won't hit the "meat street", (Werner's term for the classic walleye worm harness) until the water temperature hits around 53° F to 55° F.


With the warm weather we've enjoyed this spring, walleye guide Nicholas Werner anticipates finding the fish in their post-spawn transition stage. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

Koprash, too, anticipates loading up his boat with walleye gear so that no potential opportunity goes untapped.

"Having bass fishing in my blood has me rigged up with all the options," Koprash chuckles, "but my tried and true Lake Nipissing staple is a 1/8- to 1/4-ounce chartreuse coloured ball head jig. I'll tip it with a worm and if the walleyes are biting tentatively, I'll add a stinger hook."

I should mention, too, that Koprash always keeps another ace up his sleeve -- a drift sock.

READ ON CLICK HERE : http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/open-the-walleye-season-like-a-pro

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