Ontario Walleye and Sauger Fishing

wall3Ontario Walleye (Pickerel) Fishing

Ontario Walleye fishing is the best Walleye fishing in Canada and most fisherman think of Ontario to catch their World Record Walleye. The waters surrounding the Brunswick Lake Lodge is home to some of the biggest trophy walleye you will ever find.

Length: 80 cm (31 in)
Weight: 9 kg (20 lb)

The common name, "walleye," comes from the fact that their eyes reflect white light like lions. This "eyeshine" is the result of a light-gathering layer in the eyes which allows the fish to see well in low-light conditions such as at night or in turbid waters.

Walleyes are predominantly olive and gold in colour (hence the French common name: doré — golden). The dorsal side of a walleye is olive, grading into a golden hue on the flanks. The olive/gold pattern is broken up by five darker saddles that extend to the upper sides. The colour shades to white on the belly. The mouth of a walleye is large and is armed with many sharp teeth. The first dorsal and anal fins are spinous as is the operculum.
Walleyes are distinguished from their close cousin the Sauger by the white colouration on the lower lobe of the caudal fin which is absent on the Sauger. In addition, the two dorsals and the caudal fin of the sauger are marked with distinctive rows of black dots which are absent from or indistinct on the same fins of Walleyes.

Usually over firm bottom such as sand, rock or gravel; occasionally near vegetation.

Mid April to mid May

Yellow perch are particularly favoured but other food such as crayfish, snails, frogs, mudpuppies, and even small mammals may be eaten, but usually only when forage fish and insects are scarce.

Because of this walleye's excellent night vision, they hunt more actively in low light conditions such as early morning or into the evening. Night fishing for walleye is also very effective when there is a bright moon to reflect light. Murky water that lets in less light throughout the day are also very good walleye hunting grounds.

"Walleye Jig" is a very effective approach for catching the fish. Simply tie on a 3/8 ounce jig and attach a minnow. Lower the jig to the bottom of a sandy bottom stream and slowly move the jig up and off the bottom. When you feel a tug – wait a moment, as walleye are cautious fish and it may just be nibbling at the bait, then hook the fish. Calm water in an anchored boat is ideal for this approach.

Ontario Sauger Fishing:


Length: 25-85cm (10-33 in)

Weight: 0.25-6kg (0.5-13 lb)

Saugers are close relatives of the Walleye but are distinguishable by the distinctly spotted dorsal fin, lack of a white splotch on the caudal fin, rough skin over their gill, and by their generally more brassy color, or darker (almost black) color in some regions.
Habitat: Saugers are found in large rivers with deep pools with depths greater than 0.6 m, in areas with high turbidity, low channel slope, low stream velocity, and deep water. They tend to select pools with sand and silt substrates, and habitat features that provide cover from the river current. They tend to avoid runs and riffles. They are most commonly found in pools that are at least 1.5 m deep.

Spawning:Late May through early June over gravel bottom

Diet: Fish, insects and freshwater shrimp

Bait: Can be caught using various methods, predominately using live bait such as minnows. If artificial lures are your choice, jigs and crankbaits are at the top of the list.


“ I hunted at the Brunswick Lake Lodge for the first time last year. Everyone I met was so friendly and I can't say enough about the hospitality. I was well taken care of by the staff along with my friends and customers I had with me. The food is excellent and I never went to bed hungry. The lodge accommodations are great. As far as the hunting goes this is a top notch place. I would highly recommend the Brunswick Lake Lodge. Can't wait to go back! "