Walleye fishing on Wabigoon Lake, Dinorwic Lake and Little Basket Lake is awesome. After a week of catching Walleye after Walleye our guests are smiling from ear to ear and have the tired arms to prove it!
We are centrally located on the Wabigoon/Dinorwic, Butler chain. We fish 12 inches to 12 feet deep all year long for walleye and a variety of other species. Wabigoon and Dinorwic are both easy lakes to fish because the Walleyes are everywhere and because both lakes are shallow for their size, you don't have to worry about the big Walleyes taking off into deeper water in the summer or when it's sunny. In these lakes Walleyes of all sizes are caught at any time of year. Wabigoon and Dinorwic display many structures including reefs, shoals, islands, feeder streams, sand bars topped with wild rice that slide off into deeper holes and rocky points leading into weedy bays. The Walleyes seem to love all these types of structures so everybody can fish in conditions they are used to and find great success. Walleye are common in the 1 to 3-pound range with plenty of Walleyes in the 4 to 6 pound range getting caught by our guests during a week of fishing. Wabigoon and Dinorwic are big lakes and many times more nutrient than most northern lakes in Ontario thus not only do the lakes produce massive numbers of Walleyes they produce huge trophy Walleyes. During a week of fishing you have an excellent chance at catching a Walleye between 6 and 10 pounds. The lakes are on average a depth of 18 feet with a few deeper holes. This helps produce a huge fishing area. Most of the fishing is in 12-foot or less. This is perfect for those who like to cast into shore and can prove very rewarding. Depending on your preference, mid-day is excellent, as is early morning & evening producing plenty of top water action. Big Walleyes do get caught during the day but there are so many Muskie and Pike in the lake that the really big female Walleyes usually get more active in the evening and stay active into the morning and then hide when the Muskie and Pike start feeding. It takes just as much skill to catch a small fish vs. a big fish. It's really luck of the draw and occasionally guests do catch Walleyes over 10 pounds. Wabigoon and Dinorwic have produced Walleyes over 15 pounds.
How many Walleyes you catch in a day is affected by how hard and how long you fish as well as other factors such as air pressure, knowledge of Walleye fishing, knowledge of the lake and how actively the Muskie and Pike are feeding. When the Pike and Muskie are in a feeding frenzy the Walleyes can slow down a bit. It's not unreasonable to expect to catch between 20 and 40 Walleyes in a day. There maybe slower days and some guests are lucky and come upon a big school of Walleyes and can catch one fish after another. There have been exceptional days where guests have been known to catch over 80 Walleyes in a day. You would need to be at the right place in the right time with the right bait that the Pike, Bass, Perch and Muskie will leave alone. Even if you only catch 20 Walleyes in a day, throwing in 20 Pike, 20 Bass and a couple of Muskie - we'd say you had an awesome day!
We have a remote and private outpost cabin on Little Basket Lake, which is a 40-mile drive northeast from our main camp and into the thick wilderness of Northwestern Ontario.
Between Little and Big Basket there is approximately 11,000 acres of fishing waters! This vacation option is very popular with our guests because they catch tons of Walleyes. You have full access to Little Basket Lake and the bigger Basket Lake and it's stuffed with Walleye, Northern Pike and the occasional Lake Trout.
You can have non-stop action all summer long on Little and Big Basket Lakes. Many of our guests never leave the great Walleye and Northern fishing in Little Basket! Some like to venture a bit farther and travel into Big Basket 2-3 miles. Very few people fish any further. The lake is spring fed and the walleyes are frequently caught in shallow water. There is plenty of rocky shoreline for the Walleyes and weedy bays for the Northern Pike.
For the size of the lake you will be very surprised at how big the Walleyes get. Like most lakes they are most common in the 2 to 4 pound range but this lake has tons of Walleyes in the 5 to 7 pound range. There are even bigger Walleyes in the lake and some guests do get lucky and catch a big trophy. These lakes are smaller but also receive next to no fishing pressure. As a result the fishing is just as good as the expensive fly-ins in the area. Guests can catch over 50 Walleyes in a day.
This fabulous experience is all possible at our Drive-In Outpost, where weight and weather are NOT an issue!
A fishing trip to Northern Ontario is not complete until you have had a shore-lunch. Walleye taste so much better when cooked over an open fire and the fish is 100% fresh. There are many places along the shore on Wabigoon Lake and Dinorwic Lake where you can relax and cook up a nice shore-lunch.
Spring Walleye Fishing:
In the spring the Walleyes are right up against shore where there is sand or gravel because they have just finishing spawning but are still protective over their spawning grounds and the males are hoping for late females that still need to spawn. They are also found at the mouths of feeder-creeks and actually in the creeks. You will also find the Walleyes in the shallows up on top of sand bars and on top of shoals. Just after ice-out you want to be fishing is 2 or 3-feet deep of water. As the spring sun warms the water the Walleyes will go a little deeper during the day but in May and the first week of June it will be hard to catch the good eating size Walleyes if you are deeper than 6 feet. The big trophy females will go deeper and this time of year generally sit off the spawning areas in 10-foot deep of water but come shallow in the evening. Late spring the small ones are 8 to 10-feet deep and the big females will be between 10 and 15 feet. Wabigoon Lake and Dinorwic Lake are shallow lakes so you don't have to worry about the big trophy Walleyes taking off into a deep abyss where you can't catch them. That is why people fishing these lakes are so successful.
Using a jig with a black, transparent green or white twistertail tipped with a tiny piece of worm or a bare jig tipped with a minnow or leech will bring in hoards of smaller male Walleyes in the 1 to 4 pound range. Scented twistertails and rubbers can work very well in the north. Regular twister tails work well also. In the middle of the day when it's really sunny you might have to let your jig actually sit on the bottom and just do little jigs to make it look like a bug on the bottom. If you are in a sandy area try dragging your jig with little jigs every foot.
The big 5-pound-plus females will be deeper during the day and generally spread out along the shore. Trolling with a countdown or smaller lures that run around 8 feet deep is the best way to get them because you can cover more ground. Walleyes are more sensitive to motor sounds so less weight and more line is key. In late evening the big females come right up to shore in 3 or 4 feet of water. At this time trolling really slow with a small floating Thunderstick or Rapala will bring in all sizes of Walleyes but your chances at a trophy are much better. Red, Chartreuse and Fire-tiger are the best colors in the spring when trolling late evening along the shore for the big females.
Summer Walleye Fishing:
There is only so much food along the shoreline and competition for food with Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Perch, Crappie and Muskie is fierce so the Walleyes spread out into the middle of the lake and congregate around weed beds and around structure such as rocky points, island and shoals. In the summer sediments churned up by heavy winds can make the water murky and produce excellent feed cover for minnows and baitfish. In these conditions smell and visibility is everything as well as drawing larger fish in to feed. You want to use worms or minnows on a spinner with a quiet willow blade. If you use a blade that makes sound like a Vibrax it will attract Pike and Muskie. In the summer the Walleyes will be in the 2 to 12- foot range and again the big females come shallow at night to feed and will come right up into 2 or 4 feet of water, depending on how thick the weeds have grown in. Blue & silver and black & silver are the best colors for trolling in the evening for the big females.
Fall Walleye Fishing:
Fall is very similar to spring except the Walleyes are not spawning. They are still attracted to the feeder-creeks and sandbars. What is happening is the Whitefish are spawning. Whitefish eggs are way too small for Walleyes to bother with but the Walleyes are interested in the minnows feeding on the Whitefish eggs. There will be plenty of Walleyes all over the lake but they are more concentrated around feeder creeks and sandbars in the fall, especially in the morning and evening hours. This time of year a jig tipped with a minnow is killer. Casting small crank baits at the mouths of streams will also work well.
Suspended Open Water Walleyes:
Fall also means the water is cooling down and weeds and algae are stating to die. As the weeds and algae decompose they suck the oxygen out of the water and release nitrates. Suspended particles and sediment stirs up by fall winds will make the shallows along the shore less comfortable. At this time of year many of the bigger Walleyes will head out to open water and away from any structure and feed on suspended schools of baitfish. They will be anywhere from 20 feet deep to 35 feet deep; depending on light penetrations. If you are not having much luck near the shore or only catching small fish try heading out and trolling down deep with deep-diving Husky Jerks or Cotton Cordell Big O's. You can also use a 1 oz. weight on a 3-way swivel rig and troll down deep with a worm harness or spinner with a worm. You need a boat that can troll very slowly to use a 3-way swivel. If you are trolling around and see a suspended school of fish you can stop the boat and try sinking a jig or a minnow down to where they are.