Late Fall Walleye Fishing on Tobin Lake: Jason Mitchell takes a trip up north for some late fall walleye action and shares some useful tips and tactics on how to catch walleye on Tobin Lake.

Tobin Lake is a large renowned reservoir with a reputation for producing giant walleye. In the fall, many walleyes migrate out of the lake into the Saskatchewan River near Nipawin to follow the shiner migration. This fall pattern creates a prime opportunity to catch nice walleye. We focused on big bends in the river where there was a reduced flow on the inside bend in depths that ranged between 17-22 feet of water. Ultimately, we tried a few things that didn’t work for us but what worked the best for us was simply spot-locking with the trolling motor and hanging jigs and shiners over the side of the boat. We basically sat in one location and ran traffic as waves of fish swam by. We have seen this tactic also work well on the Winnipeg River and Rainy River. Northland Thumper Jigs work great in the fall on big rivers. The little blade gives the jig some flash. Tipped with either a frozen shiner or jarred shiner. Bites were extremely light, and the fish would pull the shiners off the jig, so we did better with a straight braid and setting the hook immediately.


Thumper Jig

Thumper Jig (Sunrise)

Thumper Jig (Sunrise)


  • Designed with a sleek minnow head and a “thumper” belly blade that flickers, flashes & flutters to entice fish to strike
  • Blood red “Lip-Stick®” wounded bait hooks stimulate the bite
  • A specially designed Barb-Wire® bait-holding collar securely holds live bait & soft plastic trailers on the hook


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