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Updated: Mar 17, 2023

Big Walleye Fishing and CHEAT CODE CRANKBAITS go hand in hand. In this video we go to Bay Of Quinte in search of monster walleyes. I share some secret baits and some valuable nuances from years of fishing there. Hope you enjoy this vlog and learn from some people f the tips I share in this video!

Trolling Crankbaits for Bay of Quinte Walleye

Bay of Quinte walleye fishing is consistently rated among the best in the world. With cold and clear waters, this fishery is full of healthy and eager fish. For targeting walleye, anglers have gravitated towards trolling crankbaits. Crankbaits are artificial hard plastic lures that entice fish through vibration and noise and these lures are particularly effective when targeting walleye. In this article, we’ll discuss the necessary hardware and the ideal trolling speed for each season and water conditions to help you catch more walleye in the Bay of Quinte.


Medium-heavy action trolling rods are typically the best choice for crankbait trolling. Make sure the rod will accommodate both large and small crankbaits, as a wide variety of sizes are effective in this fishery. Stiffer rods are better for deep-diving crankbaits and softer rods are better for shallow-diving crankbaits.


High-speed trolling reels are essential for this application. Popular reel options include the Shimano Tekota or the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur reel. These reels provide anglers with an incredible amount of line capacity and allow you to troll through large areas of the lake quickly.


Monofilament line is typically the preferred choice for this application. Monofilament is cheap, durable, and easy to re-spool in the boat. Choose the strength of the line depending on the type of walleye you are targeting. For larger walleye, use heavier line in the 12 to 14-pound test range. For smaller walleye, lighter lines in the 8 to 10-pound test range are recommended.

Trolling Speeds

Trolling speed is important when fishing crankbaits in the bay of Quinte. It is important to keep the bait in the strike zone, which can vary depending on the water temperature and the time of year.

Cold Water

During the early spring months, water temperatures are relatively cold. As a result, walleye will remain relatively deep and slow moving. When trolling crankbaits in cold water, trolling speeds of 1.7-2.4 mph are ideal. This slower trolling speed will allow your bait to get deep and stay in the strike zone.

Deep Water

Trolling crankbaits in deeper water requires a slightly faster trolling speed. In the Bay of Quinte, walleye can be found alongside the deep drops and vertical break lines. During the summer months, walleye will move relatively deep and a trolling speed of 1.8-2.4 mph will be your best bet.

Shallow Water

Walleye will move shallow in the early morning and late evening hours in search of baitfish. Trolling shallow areas with crankbaits in the Bay of Quinte can be very effective. Trolling speeds in shallow water should be slightly faster than deep water and should range from 2.2-2.7 mph.

By following this guide, you will be sure to increase your chances of catching walleye in the Bay of Quinte. Remember to adjust your trolling speed depending on the season and water conditions, as this will have a massive impact on your success. Good luck and tight lines!

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