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Lake Windermere Walleye Fishing

Lake Windermere is known as the best Walleye fishing lake in the Chapleau area and one of the top Walleye fishing lakes in Ontario. The lake is 20 miles long with 133 miles of shoreline, which adds up to 10,000 acres of prime Walleye habitat. The structure of the lake is classic Canadian Shield with beautiful outcroppings of Precambrian Rock and towering Pine Trees. The lake is well hidden in the vast Ontario wilderness northwest of Chapleau with no public launch.

The underwater structure is even more dynamic. There are 128 islands along with shoals, rocky points, back bays and narrows. There are a number of streams running into the lake and a river, which has carved a road through the wilderness and has formed a beautiful waterfalls, which flows into the lake. You will also find sand bars and beaches on various shorelines. There is a healthy abundance of weeds in the bays and also weedy plateaus found out in deeper water. This adds up to a lake that was made for Walleye.

Walleye need current or sand in order to spawn in early spring. Lake Windermere has plenty of prime spawning areas thus there is a high reproduction rate of Walleyes in the lake and the Walleyes are genetically healthy. When you see a lake that Walleyes of all different sizes, you know it's a healthy Walleye lake.

Not only are our Walleyes healthy, they taste great and can be caught in many different sizes from 14-inch pan fryers right up to trophies over 30 inches. A 30-inch Walleye could be anywhere from 8 to 12 pounds depending on how fat it is.

Lake Windermere is a fun lake to fish if your main focus is Walleye. You can find rocky points or underwater rock structures and this is where the walleye can be found. It's not uncommon for guests to catch over 50 Walleyes in a day. Generally when you hit a spot with tons of Walleyes, they are usually up to 2 pounds range with the odd 3 to 6-pounder thrown in. The really big trophy Walleyes are usually solitary during the summer and can be found a little deeper than the smaller Walleyes. Also available is the Blue Walleye, which is rare but our guests do catch them. Don't worry, they taste just like regular Walleye.

Promoted Walleye Regulations:

  • Open Season: 3rd Saturday in May to Dec. 31
  • Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession
  • Limit - Sport License: 4 in your possession
  • Promoted Size Restrictions: It is mandatory that all Walleye 18 inches and above be returned to the water.

    It pays to stay at Happy Day Lodge! $3500 Fishing Contest (Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike) - Each week that you stay at Happy Day Lodge you have a chance to win a gift certificate. The certificates are given out to the person that catches and releases the largest Walleye, largest Smallmouth Bass, and Largest Pike for that week. In addition, all winners per week are entered into the final drawing to win an even larger gift certificate, which will be drawn on Nov. 31st. Ask for complete details and rules.

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  • Catch & Release Walleye Video
  • Walleye Gallery 1
  • Walleye Gallery 2
  • Walleye Tips & Techniques
  • How to Clean Walleye
  • Ways of Cooking Walleye


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