Sheldon Hatch

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ORWL 2011 First Event

Ottawa Region Walleye League

The ORWL has it’s first event of the 2011 season this Saturday May 28 on Centennial Lake. Guests are welcome – for more details on the event and club vist: ORWL.CA

May 27th, 2011 by sheldon
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Shallow Spring Cranks

In the spring one technique that seems to work from back bays on Lake Erie to Bay of Quinte is pulling shallow cranks. Todays video tip is from the Bay of Quinte.

May 23rd, 2011 by sheldon

Quinte Walleye Action

Todays bite was a good one with the walleye feeding only a few feet under the surface. Once I figured out the right speed and depth to pull the cranks the walleye started to visit the net more often. The fish had lots of energy as the back bay surface temps where in the mid to high 60′s F.  Had to be careful with the netting as they would spook away once the net broke the surface.

May 22nd, 2011 by sheldon

Wet Walleye Opener

Wet spring walleye tricked by a crank-bait

Lots of rain for the walleye opener on my home lake – Mississippi Lake. Glad I always do a spring check on all the electrical pumps and etc. on my boat before it ever hits that water as the bilge pumps got a real workout. I decided to head out for a couple of hours with ORWL members John and Suzette to see if we could find some walleye. I went to a point next to a spawning location and worked the first break-line. We had slow-death and spinners on behind bottom bouncers. After a couple of slow (0.9 mph) passes I noticed a few high suspended marks on my sonar, so we switched out to trolling small cranks and spinners with a 1/2oz inline weight. Picked up our speed to about 1.7mph, and then a flag went back on the planer board and we landed our first walleye. We spent the next hour working the area and managed a few more walleye and then called it a day.

It was a great opener and now my rain gear is all ready for another season of chasing walleye!


May 14th, 2011 by sheldon

Walleye Opener

Wet water season is here again. Time to get out on the water and catch some walleye.

Walleye opener weekend is here again. This year the water levels are high and the surface temp is down compared to last season.

The best pattern so far has been pulling cranks shallow in warm back bays. The strong wind and rain has also made other techniques almost impossible as boat control has been an issue.

Be safe out on the water and make sure all your equipment is ready for another season of walleye hunting.


May 12th, 2011 by sheldon

Ezelo Angling Adventures

Guiding season is in full swing, follow my Angling Adventures on The Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario and Eastern Ontario Lakes and Rivers. Ezelo Angling Adventures Facebook page will allow you to stay on top of reports and images from the water. This season I will also add videos from the water.


May 9th, 2011 by sheldon
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Radio Show – Walleye Guys

Gord Schultz and myself are on the Radio again this season on Friday evenings between 5:00 and 5:30 pm. We discuss fishing techniques, equipment, tips, and talk about the lake of the week. You can visit the Lake 88.1 website to listen online or if you are in the Lanark County area tune into 88.1 FM to have a listen.

May 8th, 2011 by sheldon
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Go Time

Running to the spotGetting your boat ready for another season is very important.  Here are a few tips of what I like to check over, which often get missed by many anglers.

Every spring I check over all the electrical connections for corrosion and also use dielectric grease on connectors that like to corrode over the long fishing season.

Check your trailer for worn bunks, loose bolts and worn out wires or parts. It is also a good idea to check your wheel bearings for wear. If you are not a Do It Yourself type of angler than contact a service centre that looks after trailers.

Spend some time going through your boat and fasten down all the loose screws, bolts and snaps. Boats vibrate a lot on the water so check everything to make sure it is tight.

You can make a quick check list as you go, and next year it will be twice as fast – so enjoy your fishing season with a boat that is ready to take you to some trophy fish.



May 3rd, 2011 by sheldon
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