Northern Ontario Walleye Pickerel Fishing Lodge
Walleye Fishing in Marten River, Ontario are also called walleyed pike, pickerel, jack fish, dore, and ol' marble eyes. The sides of the walleye are olive-green with gold flecks. The spiny dorsal fin lacks spots, but has a black rear base. The lower lobe of the tail has a white tip.
Northern Ontario Walleye are strong fighters, walleyes stay deep and wage a determined battle. Walleyes are light sensitive. They have a layer of pigment in the retina of the eye called the "Tapetum lucidum". Because of their light-sensitive eyes, they bite best around dusk and dawn, at night, or in cloudy weather. Popular baits and lures include minnows, night crawlers, leeches, jigs, spinners, and plugs, especially minnow plugs.
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Primarily fish eaters, walleyes also feed on immature and adult aquatic insects, leeches, crayfish, snails, and larval salamanders. Except in waters of low clarity, they feed most heavily in dim-light periods, especially when light levels are fading rapidly.
Northern Ontario Walleyes have been known to live as long as 26 years. Females typically grow much larger than males. World Record - 1960 - 25 pounds, caught in Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee.
Olive the Lake in Marten River, Ontario holds a lake record of 14.9lbs. Stop fishing around for your 2009 fishing vacation, bring the family, your best friend, your son/daughter. Olive the Lake offers a fishing vacation everyone should enjoy.
Because walleyes are popular with anglers, fishing for walleyes is regulated by most natural resource agencies. Management may include the use of quotas and length limits to ensure that populations are not over-exploited. As one example, in the Province of Ontario Zone 11, The walleye slot for Olive the Lake is 16 in (38 cm) may kept everything over 16 in must be returned to Olive Lake for future breeding. See MNR Zone 11 rules and regulations.
Since walleyes have excellent visual acuity under low illumination levels, they tend to feed more extensively at dawn and dusk, on cloudy or overcast days and under choppy conditions when light penetration into the water column is disrupted. Although anglers interpret this as light avoidance, it is merely an expression of the walleye's competitive advantage over its prey under those conditions. Similarly, in darkly stained or turbid waters, walleye tend to feed throughout the day.
"Walleye chop" is a term used by walleye anglers for rough water typically with winds of 10 to 25 km/h (6 to 16 mph), and is one of the indicators for good walleye fishing due to the walleye's increased feeding activity during such conditions. In addition to fishing the "Walleye chop", night fishing with live bait can be very effective.
"Walleye Jig" is another very effective approach for catching the fish. Simply tie on a 3/8 ounce jig and attach a minnow. Lower the jig to the bottom of a sandy bottom stream and slowly move the jig up and off the bottom.
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