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> Is the walleye population decreasing?
 
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tjames
Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 04:18 pm


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Ive gone up to Nippising 4 years now for ice fishing. Every time is Callander Bay Area and usually around the same time of year, end of January. We go for 3 days.

We go as a big group of 16 of us, so theres a fair size of fisherman.

The first year the walleye bite was on fire, everyone caught 10+ walleye each (no keeper size all below slot). But everyone was catching fish.

The second year it slowed down. Only a handful of guys caught walleye, lots of guys caught nothing.

Third year was a real drought, 1 walleye was caught between 16 guys. And the rest just some perch.

This year, again only one walleye between 16 guys. This year the Cisco/herring bite was really on though, we caught lots of herring.


Thoughts? Is the lake getting to much pressure? Theres so many permanent ice huts out there and they're always full of guys. Ive yet to see MNR on any of my trips.

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Chevy
Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 05:20 pm


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I've seen the MNR on a fair number of trips. You might want to try for earlier January or late February. The bite can be slower towards the end of January.

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Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 05:51 pm


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Also depends on your location. I have done well every year for 6 years. Never a keeper. But plenty of smaller eyes and perch

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Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 06:08 pm


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One walleye for sixteen guys over three days, dam that's hard to do. I'd say those huts need to be moved.

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Longshank
Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 08:12 pm


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I would be rethinking my location, time of year and strategy

been averaging 20-50 plus eyes solo for past 5 years, perch etc on top of that

also seen mnrf evey year, this year it was creel census data crew

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fishfearus
Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 08:24 pm


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Fishing on your own?
We have always caught walleye, not much keepers though,

This post has been edited by fishfearus on Feb 05, 2019 - 08:26 pm

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Posted on Feb 05, 2019 - 10:40 pm


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QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 05, 2019 - 08:24 pm)
Fishing on your own?
We have always caught walleye, not much keepers though,

If referring to me. yes that is correct.

My better half comes up with me, but rarely fishes, maybe 1 of the 3 days

Used to go with larger groups, just find it more fun and peacefull with 2 of us.


Deal with fishing clients all spring, summer and fall, so nice to get away once in a while on our own

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fishfearus
Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 06:34 am


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QUOTE (Longshank @ Feb 05, 2019 - 10:40 pm)
QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 05, 2019 - 08:24 pm)
Fishing on your own?
We have always caught walleye, not much keepers though,

If referring to me. yes that is correct.

My better half comes up with me, but rarely fishes, maybe 1 of the 3 days

Used to go with larger groups, just find it more fun and peacefull with 2 of us.


Deal with fishing clients all spring, summer and fall, so nice to get away once in a while on our own

Sorry was asking tjames where he was fishing?

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Longshank
Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 07:13 am


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QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 06, 2019 - 06:34 am)
QUOTE (Longshank @ Feb 05, 2019 - 10:40 pm)
QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 05, 2019 - 08:24 pm)
Fishing on your own?
We have always caught walleye, not much keepers though,

If referring to me. yes that is correct.

My better half comes up with me, but rarely fishes, maybe 1 of the 3 days

Used to go with larger groups, just find it more fun and peacefull with 2 of us.


Deal with fishing clients all spring, summer and fall, so nice to get away once in a while on our own

Sorry was asking tjames where he was fishing?

that's ok, but it is not your question......

he already said Callendar with 16 guys

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Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 09:06 am


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QUOTE (Longshank @ Feb 06, 2019 - 09:13 am)
QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 06, 2019 - 06:34 am)
QUOTE (Longshank @ Feb 05, 2019 - 10:40 pm)
QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 05, 2019 - 08:24 pm)
Fishing on your own?
We have always caught walleye, not much keepers though,

If referring to me. yes that is correct.

My better half comes up with me, but rarely fishes, maybe 1 of the 3 days

Used to go with larger groups, just find it more fun and peacefull with 2 of us.


Deal with fishing clients all spring, summer and fall, so nice to get away once in a while on our own

Sorry was asking tjames where he was fishing?

that's ok, but it is not your question......

he already said Callendar with 16 guys

Maybe fishfearus meant do they go out on their own or with an outfitter?

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Longshank
Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 06:33 pm


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QUOTE (FatRap @ Feb 06, 2019 - 09:06 am)
QUOTE (Longshank @ Feb 06, 2019 - 09:13 am)
QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 06, 2019 - 06:34 am)
QUOTE (Longshank @ Feb 05, 2019 - 10:40 pm)
QUOTE (fishfearus @ Feb 05, 2019 - 08:24 pm)
Fishing on your own?
We have always caught walleye, not much keepers though,

If referring to me. yes that is correct.

My better half comes up with me, but rarely fishes, maybe 1 of the 3 days

Used to go with larger groups, just find it more fun and peacefull with 2 of us.


Deal with fishing clients all spring, summer and fall, so nice to get away once in a while on our own

Sorry was asking tjames where he was fishing?

that's ok, but it is not your question......

he already said Callendar with 16 guys

Maybe fishfearus meant do they go out on their own or with an outfitter?

I dunno.


thought it was a good answer at 7 am .got up at 3 and bailed out on my trip today

all good/whatever/idk

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FatRap
Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 09:36 pm


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Probably for the best shank, seeing some video of the highways down your way earlier today, looked pretty slippery.

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Longshank
Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 10:53 pm


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QUOTE (FatRap @ Feb 06, 2019 - 09:36 pm)
Probably for the best shank, seeing some video of the highways down your way earlier today, looked pretty slippery.

was up at 3 am.....to beat the weather, but felt like crap 1 hr sleep...just could not pull this one off..

4 days of bookings this week all down the pipe.....sucks, but safety first

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Posted on Feb 07, 2019 - 08:22 am


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Here is a link to a report on the state of lake Nipissing as of May 2018. It's an in depth report by Doris Smith PhD and covers Management, Economical and Environmental sustainability. All though the document is 40 pages, it will give you a good understanding of what the lake is up against and what is needed to improve the overall health of the lake.

Happy reading.

https://greaternipissing.ca/wp-content/uplo...rt-May-18th.pdf

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Posted on Feb 07, 2019 - 06:09 pm


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for sure, walleye population is decreasing, I dont believe these posts where people are catching 70 fish in a weekend, as trump would say , fake news.

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