Ice-fishing Friday: Gord Pyzer’s 12 all-time greatest winter walleye tips

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Isolated patches of deep water are walleye magnets

#4  HIT DEEP POCKETS

On the same weedy walleye lake I just mentioned, there’s one pocket of slightly deeper water in the 12- to 15-foot range that attracts hordes of winter walleye. This isolated dip of deep water is no more than a few hundred metres in size, yet it’s as though the lake’s entire walleye population drains into it. The very best of these pothole lakes offer the fish only a handful of such places to escape the light.

As a matter of fact, so many walleye drain into the pocket on my favourite lake that I never use my snow machine or ATV to access it. That way, my tracks won’t reveal the location. I’m also careful to only walk out on blustery, snowy days so that my footprints are quickly covered over, along with my holes when I leave. Find one of these drains and you’ll pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, so don’t abuse the privilege.

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