Walleye are here in good numbers in many of the lakes. Some lakes do have some trophy walleye available too. The bigger lakes in the area get a little more attention from the walleye anglers, however, any lake with walleye up here will usually get some attention from someone looking to pursue some walleye. Whitefish Lake has a lot of walleye in it with some big fish too. Sandstone Lake and Arrow Lake are also known for having some trophy fish in them.
Arrow Lake is a longer, more narrow lake. Arrow Lake Provincial Park is here, which helps give people access to this lake. Anglers target walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike here.
Dog Lake is a large lake with over 500 miles of shoreline. There are plenty of bays, islands and reefs to fish here for a variety of fish. The fishing is good for northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. Whitefish are here too, but they prefer very deep water. It’s a good lake for action and quality fish are possible as well.
Lake Superior provides some great fishing, however, if you don’t have the right size boat, you’re going to need to look at hiring a fishing charter. There are several charters here that target salmon and trout on the bay. In addition to salmon and trout, northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye are here too. It’s a popular summer destination, however, lots of people that don’t have a boat get to enjoy fishing the bay area in the winter when the ice is thick enough.
Northern Light Lake is a good sized lake with plenty of depth and lots of room to fish. There are some accommodations on this lake and there are a variety of fish here. Anglers target walleye, smallmouth bass, lake trout, northern pike, perch and whitefish.
Sandstone Lake is a deep, clear lake with good fishing opportunities for those that know how to fish clear water. Walleye, smallmouth bass, perch and whitefish are here. Many anglers report tough fishing due to the clear water, but there are plenty of fish here to catch. Just fish during low light conditions and use lighter line with fluorocarbon leaders if you want to catch fish here.
Whitefish Lake is a decent-sized lake about an hour or so from the Thunder Bay area. It isn’t a very deep lake, which makes it easier to fish and it is home to walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass. There are some accommodations on this lake.
Best Baits for Walleye
Walleye eat a variety of different baits, however, when push comes to shove, it is much easier to catch them with live baits. Minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches are definitely the best live baits for walleye.
While most anglers will just use live baits, many anglers will also target walleye with lures as well. Crankbaits and soft plastics are the best lures for walleye, however, you can catch walleye with a variety of different lures.
When targeting walleye, there are many different rigs that you can use to catch them. While most anglers will keep it super simple and just use a simple jighead, many anglers will use a variety of rigs such as spinner rigs, 3 way rigs, bottom bouncers, drop shot rigs and many others.
To learn more, take a look at our best rigs for walleye page.
Jigging is by far the most popular technique for walleye fishing, however, you can catch them a variety of different ways. Casting, trolling and drifting are some of the other awesome techniques that anglers use.
To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for walleye page.
Our walleye fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.