In mid June, as the 2018 season opened, walleye fishing came straight on with power. The best numbers of fish were found around the 8 to 12 foot depths. Twister tails were working extremely well with the best colours being white, pink, orange and yellow. These were, in fact, the best colours all season. As the water got warmer, the walleye were holding off some of the deeper holes of the islands- in around 18-25 feet deep and the faster moving water in the narrows and down river.
Pike were in abundance this year with the first 40+ inch pike coming on the first day. The years’ total for master angler pike (over 40” in length) was more than three dozen. Many more missed at the boat or just shy on the tape. The biggest and best numbers of pike were always caught around the new and full moon.
The spring and fall were exciting times to fish with the big fish moving up onto the flats and weed edges to feed and it was possible to sight cast and even watch them take the lures.
On big Whitewater Lake, the reedy and grassy inlets were quite hot, with the reeds around the opening of Bay of Pigs constantly produced a lot of big fish this year. The largest was caught just inside the Channel. Once the water got warmer there were more fish being caught in the moving water around the “narrows” as walleye fisherman were picking them out of some of the deeper walleye holes. Larger spoons with a twister tail attached or a “husky” jerk worked well.