Abundant Walleyes at Whitewater Lake — Wilderness North

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Abundant Walleyes at Whitewater Lake

Greetings from Strikers Point,
Well folks, we have settled in up here at Strikers and the flow of the season has begun. We have been fortunate to spend the first few weeks with some wonderful groups, and surprisingly, considering the high water, very few mosquitoes.

Amongst our latest guests were the Teppo Trio consisting of Grandfather Ken, father Jon, and son Ben age 11. They made the quick journey up from the Midwest US and in no time at all were out on the water and dropping their bait into a mess of walleyes. After several trips north, including trips to Miminiska and Makokibatan, the Teppo family has learned a lot about the habits of both Pike and Walleye. Taking advantage of windblown points and shorelines was something they were used to, and it paid off big time here on Whitewater Lake. While creeping into water as shallow as 6 feet, the Teppos enjoyed double and triple headers quite steadily. I’ll have you know that young Ben Teppo’s skill sets in the boat and on the water were unlike any I’ve seen from a gaffer so young. The hook sets, the fights, the fish handling, and the enthusiasm, were all textbook, and actually quite remarkable. Good job Ben!

Although numbers of fish have been excellent, we haven’t seen much in the trophy category yet. I’m quite confident that several large fish have been hooked, just not landed.  Just this morning, we welcomed 3 new groups of guests into camp and with the added presence of lines and baits, the small amount of trophy catches is sure to change.

Some baits that have been producing walleye have been the Berkley Gulp Pearl Shads, the Black Shads, the Yum double blood tails, and live minnows and leeches. As I’ve mentioned many times before in previous articles, you cannot beat the 5in Williams Whitefish straight Silver spoon for pike. This spoon imitates a ciscoes perfectly and it is what the pike are hungry for. My advice to anyone who is coming up and searching for that monster northern is to pack at least five of them. These spoons can be trolled effectively around islands, along shorelines, and over rocky humps. These are the areas that the majority of Whitewater’s largest gators come from.

Until next time,
Tyler

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