The walleye is still arguably Ontario’s #1 sought-after fish species, and for a few reasons. It’s plentiful throughout the province, an angler can catch them with a variety of methods, and they are unquestionably delicious if one wants to keep a couple for the table.
Our destination for this article is Timberwolf Lodge on Nagagami Lake. According to our sources, this is one of the best “structure lakes” in the province.
So, what is "structure" and why is it so important that we find it? Most fishermen have a pretty good idea of what it is, but as a refresher: structure is any change in the contour of the bottom of a body of water that causes a change in depth. Points, vertical bluff walls, humps, submerged islands, ledges and creek channels are some examples. They all have the same common denominator; an edge -- a change in depth. Find an edge, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a fish. And that's why Nagagami interests us so much.
On our recent Fish’n Canada shoot trip to Timberwolf, we ran into a very common scenario; having one day when you can do no wrong, and the very next day where you're wondering what the heck happened.
On some Fish’n Canada shoots the team splits up the schedule, where Angelo will film one episode and Pete will film another. The way we decide this is the potential of the area. Nagagami was a no-brainer, as the walleye population and fishing scenarios are incredible.
We’ll concentrate on Pete’s portion of the trip here. Interestingly, the accompanying article with Angelo will show you how the “fishing gods” can throw a giant wrench from the heavens above.
Pete was fishing on two different types of peaks: the crest of a high-pressure system, as well as the crest of a mid-lake hump close to a deep break line. . .a couple of very positive elements to success. On this trip, the Nagagami walleye were post-spawn with the water temperatures being in the mid-50s (walleye spawn around 44°).
The weather was perfect: a bright day, a few clouds with a little chop on the water. Fish were relatively shallow at around 12 feet, but concentrated around and along ridges of the hump.
"By splitting the screen of my Garmin," says Pete, "I could see where the boat was relative to the hump and breaks on the GPS screen, and where the fish were relative to the boat on the fishfinder screen. By marking all my walleye bites with waypoints, I could maneuver back to the exact spots along that break line whenever I wanted, and that’s what structure fishing is all about."
A jig and minnow was his ultimate bait choice and a very popular one in the north of Ontario. Once Pete found the fish on the sonar, it was a constant bite. "At one time during this trip." says Pete, "I think I caught a fish on every cast. . .and they were all good ones!"
By the end of the day the fish moved up on top of the hump and there Pete put on the proverbial "Walleye Clinic." Of course, this can only happen on a lake with a great population of fish and Nag surely does have that.
If you’re looking for a fishing destination with the classification of a structure fisherman’s dream, then Timberwolf Lodge on Nagagami Lake is a fantastic choice.
Be sure to look for the next accompanying article featuring Angelo’s trip to Timberwolf.
timberwolflodge.net To get to Timberwolf Lodge, drive to the Forde Air Base in Hornepayne Ontario and then take a scheduled 29 km floatplane ride to the lodge. There you will be met with open arms by Gary and Cindy Wallace.