Originally Posted by northshore71
Hello,thinking of heading to Mcgregor res this week and would appreciate any tips on areas to target (will be in a boat). Was hoping for some decent pike and walleye.Any tips on tackle/technique would also be appreciated.Thanks.
I find it strange that not many people comment about McGregor.... Perhaps it's because their facilities suck so bad... I dunno.
McGregor has some pretty decent fishing actually... There are some VERY big fish in there and there are a lot of small hammer handles too...
I find that one of the best ways to fish McGregor is to follow the wind ! It is ALWAYS windy on that lake...I swear. I find that hooking into fish is easier if you stay just outside the weed lines (which gets tougher in the summer) where the wind is blowing. Basically if the wind is blowing from the West, fish the East side of the lake as the baitfish will no doubt be blown into that side of the lake.
If you like trolliing, I find that the perch colored (bright tiger colored actually..) rattlin' Raps work well for the Walleye. Blue and Silver spoons and just about any color Husky Jerk will work well for the Pike.
The hammer handles are literally EVERYWHERE, so I try and run a few bigger Rap's or Husky's to eliminate some of them. Drifting and throwing large lures / spinners along the weedlines will also produce some decent fish... Another good trick is to use a decent sized "FLOATING" rapala with a 3' or 4' leader with a swivel and a slip sinker above it. Slowly drag it across the bottom with the floating rapala tied to the end and you'll produce some fish that way too....
If I run into some walleye, I'll make a couple of passes, locate them and then drift jig over the school using bottom bouncers and a 3' to 4' braided leader setup with floating jig head. Add a blown up nightcrawler or minnow, leech, etc to the hook and you'll be pulling out some VERY nice fish !
If you're in a small boat, watch for wind !! It can come up in a really big hurry and changes direction VERY quickly. Small boats will find it tough with some of the rollers caused by a good North wind and this is especially true of the open portion of the lake.
I got caught in a pretty decent 50 kph wind not long ago and it took me a 'LONG time' to get back to the launch...
Good Luck to you and let us know how it goes !