5 TIPS for finding a Canadian Walleye Fishing Factory

If you’re awalleye fisherman there’s a good chance your dream trip is finding a Canadian lake where you can catch one walleye after another until your arms get sore. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself or heard stories about a lake so full of walleye that it’s a surprise when your jig actually makes it to the bottom without a strike.  I call these lakes Canadian walleye factories and I’m here to tell you they do exist and offer a few tips to help you find them.

First of all – it’s easy to understand why so many anglers choose walleye as their top game fish. Walleye are plentiful; require tactics and patience to catch; and they put up a nice fight.  Then, picture yourself in the Canadian wilderness, eating a crispy walleye fillet, within sight of the reef you caught them on – now that’s fishin’ heaven.

A few years back I was fishing with my nephew on a fly in walleye factory and one day we had to go back to the lodge twice to get more minnows! We went through over 15 dozen and figure we caught close to 200 fish. So how do you find a walleye factory of your own? If you’re willing to put in a little overtime doing the research and put my Top-Five tips from 20-years of Canadian walleye fishing to use, you won’t be dreaming…you’ll be doing.

Finding a Walleye Factory

5.) It’s not Trophy Time – If you find a true “walleye factory” you won’t be catching trophies, these lakes are full of eaters, mostly walleye in the 16-22 inch range. You might catch a couple in the mid-twenties but anything bigger is either a “fisherman’s lie” or you’re just plain lucky.

4.) Their not Pike Fisheries Either – Don’t expect to do any pike fishing in a walleye factory because they generally do not have large shallow cabbage bays to support healthy pike populations. You can however catch a monster pike while walleye fishing in these systems.

3.) Seek Out River Systems – Start by looking at smaller river systems that have lakes bulging out of them. These
river systems are too numerous to name and exist all over northwest Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. For a good example, take a look at the Flindt River north of Ignace, Ontario. These bulging lakes are carved out of rock and are
rich in iron and sediment and the walleye will be almost black on top and have a gold belly.

2.) Fish the Current – If you find current, you’ll find fish. In this type of systems walleyes are almost always found feeding in moving water. Because these lakes are part of river systems they’ll have current moving through them, if you find current you’ll find walleye.

1.) Stay Shallow – look for shallow water fisheries, very seldom are walleye factories over 30 feet deep. In deeper water lakes walleye will disperse making them hard to find. The best time to fish a walleye factory is July and August once the weather has stabilized.

Good luck finding that perfect spot and I hope these tips get you off to a good start. And, with a little luck you might just find yourself “working a little overtime” next summer. If you have a favorite lake that fits the description of a walleye factory, I’d sure like to hear about your experience.


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