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darkhorse
Posted: Apr 15, 2018 - 05:18 pm


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Hey Everyone,

I am fishing the Upper French River during the opener. Hopefully, weather wise, everything is cleared up by then.

I have never fished this area before. Any recommendations or tips on what to expect and gear to bring?

The goal is walleye.

Thanks!

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Chuck Enwinde
Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 01:01 am


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I'd troll a worm harness deeper during the day and stick baits shallow at night. Expect the bigger fish at night.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 06:39 am


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Thanks so much Chuck! Plenty of worm harnesses in the arsenal.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 07:16 am


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X2 on what Chuck says.
You should find a decent population of Walleye, most will (likely) be under the slot limit, but should find enough Wallys for a shore lunch for sure.

Good Luck,

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 08:13 am


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I've fished it a lot over the years, 1/2 oz jig and worms or minnows . Look for 15-20 ft off small islands .

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 11:57 am


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X2 - Great call on trolling some harnesses, always a top producer for me. I like them tipped with live crawlers whenever possible. Trolling can also be an excellent way to cover a lot of water on a potentially unknown body of water. Keep an eye out for structure.

Shallow shad raps, troll at a slow speed, find shoals, transitions, weed line edges, wind blown points, creek mouths, channels, area of current, all great spots to find em.

And when do you figure em out; replicate. Troll over and over the same spot, even stop and try a light jig on a flouro leader (they can get line shy). I've always liked 1/8th ounce, chartreuse grub or paddle tail swim bait in early season. VMC makes some nice products for that application. Should they not like the bright, vibrant colour like a more natural, brown, silver (they can get picky).

Don't be afraid to fish shallow early season, catch those babies in transition from their spawning grounds, in search of food and their mid summer hideouts.

Good luck

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 01:37 pm


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Thank you so much everyone! Fantastic answers.

I am really looking forward to this trip. We usually fish Rice in the Spring, but thought we would mix it up this year. When I booked it, I didn't realize that it has the same regs as Lake Nipissing.

No big deal...I'm always happy to release. Maybe we can nab a few that are in the slot range though. Does the French River have crappie?

Thanks again!


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Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 10:05 pm


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Jigs have always worked for me there. Pink/White and minnows.

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