We had the privilege of spending a week at the D’Alton Lake outpost camp during the week of July 12-19th. To say the walleye bite was on fire might be the understatement of the year! This 6 man crew boated well over 100 walleyes per day, and our beat up hands could prove it!
These fish were not only in abundance but showed phenomenal size and weight, with an average fish pushing into the 20″ class. The largest eye of the week was a gorgeous 10 lbs + 28.75″ beauty….. 1 of 5 fish boated over 27″! All were safely released back into these legendary walleye waters.
Jigging in very shallow depths of 5-12 FOW was the most effective of the week. The key was to find areas where current moved through channel/pinch points on wind blown sides of rocky points or shore lines. Fish were sliding up in the early mornings and evenings and were found a touch deeper during midday. Green, white, and grey-colored jig heads tipped with a night crawler led the race in the jig head color department. Plastics such as Gulp minnow or twister tails did not seem to slow the bite one bit.
Back trolling with night crawler harnesses (Slow Death rigs) was almost equally effective as jigging. All colors seemed to produce… and this technique was the clincher in triggering a bite from the largest fish of the week. This was an excellent method when the bite became light on jigs.
The cabin at D’Alton Lake provided excellent accommodations for our group of 6, the pure wilderness and pristine waters at D’Alton Lake are simply put as an “Amazing Place”……Thank you to Wilderness North!!