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Agich's Kaby Kabins

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Agich's Kaby Kabins

Here is a typical walleye resembling many of which Pete caught throughout the day. • Credit: Fish'n Canada

Channel oriented walleye on kabinakagami Lake

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For this Fish'n Canada shoot, Pete Bowman took on a tiny area on Kabinakagami Lake in the Algoma region of Ontario. Lucky for him though, Angelo had already scouted and fished the area. Now normally one would think that having a guy like Angelo Viola constantly pounding a fishing area before you get there is not a good way to start; however, he was after pike in the shallows. Pete was after walleye, just out of the shallows.

When Ang found this area with Stewart Agich of Agich's Kaby Kabins, he couldn't believe the amount of both baitfish and gamefish in the immediate area. The most prominent were pike; however, after he and Pete discussed the area, Pete immediately turned to walleye.

"With that much bait there," Angelo states, "there's definitely walleye there along with the pike."

This was a very small channel that separated two different areas of the lake. The boys weren't sure why the bait was there, but they were sure of fishing the area.

channeloriented walleye fishncanada agichsThe conditions as well as the lake were perfect for this truly unique fishing adventure. (Photo credit: Fish'n Canada)

"Since the pike were ravaging the shallows," Pete says, "I figured the walleye would be outside and away from most of that crazy daytime activity. The bottom of the adjacent channel is a great place to start."

Boy, was Pete ever right in his assumption! Armed with hard suspending jerkbaits and soft jerkbaits on jigheads, he proceeded to work the channel from end to end, catching walleye after walleye.

"The interesting thing I found was it seemed that the walleye were more concentrated at each end of the channel, with not much activity in the stretch between. Maybe this was due to new baitfish moving in or an entrance/exit point."

The biggest problem of fishing areas like this one, that are full of gamefish as well as baitfish, is trying to coax an already full predator into taking an artificial bait.

"By using a suspending jerkbait, I could literally pause it directly in front of the walleye, giving them only two options: smash it or leave it," says Pete, "and many times, they indeed smashed it!"

When the fish seemed to shy away from the jerkbait, Pete put a rather large 5" Yamamoto D Shad on a 3/8 ounce jig head and swam that through the fish filled channel.

"I figured I would give them an up-sized meal."

By the end of the day not only did Pete get a great walleye show, but he "encountered" a couple of big northern pike as well... truly a bonus when fishing walleye in the north.

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