Hotspots on Lake Simcoe for Walleye

Van Carter
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Friday, 17 September 2010
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Hi Wil,

My name is Van Carter and i live on Lake Simcoe,Virgina area. I have been reading some of your fishing articles which are always very informative. One question for you. No where can I find information on Simcoe Walleye. Is there such a thing as a "hot spot" on Lake Simcoe for Walleye.  Thank-You for any info you may have. 

Regards Van


Hi Van,

Walleye are always a topic of great interest for Lake Simcoe anglers, despite the fact that this popular species has never really been present in great numbers to sustain the same type of outstanding fishery that so many other Simcoe species have.   The walleye are indeed large ... reports of 10-15 pound walleye – sometimes larger come in every year.  Locations however vary greatly – from deep Oligotrophic waters of Kempenfelt Bay to the nutrient rich, shallow waters of eutrophic Cooks Bay. In the spring, a high percentage of the lake’s population come to the Talbot River to spawn and can be seen at the dam in Gamebridge.  The Pefferlaw River also sees a smaller run of Simcoe ‘eyes’ and of late even the Beaver River is beginning to see some spring run walleye.   The problem however for anglers who wish to target them, is simply that although the numbers in the rivers may be thought of as significant when you see them all together, it really doesn’t amount to much of a targetable fishery once those fish disperse back out to the 745 sq km lake.  Therefore, most catches are incidental – caught by anglers who are targeting another species. 

Therefore my feeling  and recommendation Van is to treat them as a bonus fish in Simcoe and focus your efforts for the most part on the lake’s more abundant species.  Having said that ... there are occasions where I have heard of anglers focussing their efforts in peak times (dawn and dusk) off main lake points, islands and reefs in the hopes they might just get lucky and catch a Simcoe walleye.   After they do, the odd angler has increased his odds at catching more, by throwing a marker buoy and thoroughly fishing that spot for more of these fish. 

 Many Simcoe walleyes are well above the provincial norm in size and conservation minded anglers release those precious bigger fish to help sustain the walleye population  - such as it is, in Lake Simcoe.

I hope this helps and if you get on any of those big eyes, please drop me a line.

 Is it ok if I use this question and answer by you for my “Ask Wil” section of my website?

 Wil Wegman
"Focus On Fishing"


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