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Fish the Weed Bed Edges or Go Deep! Bay of Quinte Fishing Report, September 23, 2015

Anglers struggled this past week for fish but still managed to catch a few meals.  Walleye seem to be constantly moving from one area to another. Weed beds are holding fish still but the weed growth has really taken off in the last few weeks and weeds are so thick that it is hard to fish directly over the weeds.

Trolling deeper water or “the edge” of the weeds seems to be producing the best results.  The most popular areas are “the chute” from the Red Marker at Trident Point to the Green Marker Buoy on the Northport Shoal and even down to Bluff Point.  Trolling from Q42 down through the Telegraph Narrows in the evenings also seems to work well as fish move into this area to feed in the late day.

Worm Harnesses, Flicker Shads and Shad Raps seem to be what is getting the job done (you can pick these up at the County Shores Bait and Tackle Shop), along with getting your bait down to the bottom and trolling at a little faster speed than normal … say 2 MPH plus.

The one real positive this past week was the amount of perch being caught (if you can call that a positive?).  One group fishing here at County Shores this past weekend, in addition to a couple of walleye, caught 35 perch big enough to keep and had some that weighed as much as 1 pound.  They cleaned them up and were planning on enjoying a meal of fish tacos when they got home.

Water levels are dropping but they are still much higher for late September than they have been in the past several years.  Still lots of water in the habours to get your boats in … no worries yet!

Nick “Walleye” Werner Reports from Werner’s Angling Adventures

After a couple of windy days on the Bay of Quinte, and with summer officially ending, Mother Nature has let us know that Fall is here. Morning temperatures have been much cooler and water temperatures are slowly dropping as well.

“As I'm writing this, I'm sitting in the Kingfisher staring at my Lowrance sonar and the temperatures in the Big Bay Area are 69.8 degrees at high noon,” says Nick.

There are still walleye to be found in the weeds especially during the mid-day hours. Do not hesitate, however, to break out the trolling rods and run some crankbaits, like Flicker Shads and ShadRaps, down around the 14 - 17 ft range (sometimes even a bit deeper). Focus on the tops of rock humps and the channels, as fish are moving in and out of the deep water to feed.

The Lake Ontario bite continues to produce big fish and a few larger pods of walleye have already made their way into the mouth of the Bay of Quinte.

“Fall is when the fish start feeding like crazy. The light switch goes off in their bodies and they know it's time to move from summer haunts to the fall feeding zones, says Nick. This goes for walleye, bass, pike and more.

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