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How to catch walleye where they swim

Walleye can be found in many different type of waters and situations. This article will give you fishing tips and tactics for catching walleye in some more common situations. If you follow these simple tactics and tips, you will become a better walleye fisher.

Timber and brush

Walleyes in shallow water will use timber for cover and shadow as well as a supply for food. Flooded trees, stumps, logs on bottom, and toppled trees from an eroded bank are ideal spots for walleye to frequent. The best timber out of these to look for is any timber near deep waters for example; a timbered flat along the edge of a channel will have a lot more walleye.

Walleye will stay in timbered areas until the water levels rise, once the water gets higher they will move into brush. This will occur in the spring when the winter meltdown begins, flooding the lakes and rivers with excess water. As soon as water levels begin to drop back off, they will move to deeper water.

Preferred equipment in this situation are cone-shaped sinker rig with weed less hoods, brush and guard jigs or a 1/16 to 1/8 ounce jig with fine-wire hooks. These hooks are flexible enough that they will pull free if you become snagged. Other great lures include spinner-baits, spoons, slip-bobber rigs, crank baits and minnow plugs with clipped trebles.

The bigger walleye are usually where the water is the deepest so you might have to sacrifice a lure or two to get a good catch. If you are not willing to lose a lure, you will only catch small walleye.

 

Weeds

Walleye go into weeds for shade, cooler temperatures and more food. Most baitfish use weeds for cover so a walleye swimming through the weeds can get an easy meal. Also on a bright sunny day, weeds provide cooler temperatures for walleye.

The best weed beds are in around or in deep water, very rarely will walleye go to a shallow weedy flat with no deep water nearby. Broadleaf, submerged weeds generally have a larger walleye population then weeds that are slimmer. Walleye are in the weeds mainly during the summer months, since the weeds keep temperatures cooler.

Weed walleye fishing is difficult, what may feel like a bite could just be your hook getting snagged on a weed. Live bait will also fall off your hook when you do get snagged and try to pull free. Also, you will finds yourself pulling weed bits off your hook as you fish. Working along the edges of a weed bed with long string weeds is best. Use a pyramid jig or a weed less jig with the attachment eye at the nose, the lure will then easily slip through the weeds without getting snagged.

A mono-leader type spinner with live bait while trolling above the weeds will also work well. Retrieving a spinner bait through dense weeds and letting it helicopter to the bottom once it hits a deep pack works to catch walleye in the weeds. Instead of a rubber skirt, use a minnow or plastic curly tail as an attractor.

If walleye are not aggressive cast a slip bobber rig in a pocket of tall weeds and let the bait dangle just above the weed cover. These rigs work well for fishing above sandgrass or along beds of long stringy weeds like coontail and milfoil. Use a floating slipper rig with a cone sinker for weedy fishing. Attach a float ahead of your bait or hook the bait to a floating jig so the bait will ride above the weeds.

Always try to keep your plug above the weeds so you do not spook the walleye if the weeds do not go to the surface. You might be better off casting in these types of situations and you may need to switch to a deep running crank bait or minnow plug for trolling along a deep weed line.

Rocks

Jagged and broken rocks at the bottom of a body of water are often the best place to find walleye. It will also be one of the most difficult places to fish for walleye. Small jigs, floating crank baits and weight-forward spinners are the best choices for this type of fishing. Ordinary slip-sinker rigs will seem to get grabbed by the rocks as you troll or fish. To overcome this, follow these techniques:

  • Suspend your bait from a slip-bobber and position your bobber stop so the bait will hang above the rocks
  • If you are trolling lower your rig to the bottom then reel in one to two feet so the sinker will not drag. Drop your rod tip back until the sinker touches bottom occasionally, especially if the depth of the water changes
  • Use a floating jig head or other floating rig to float your bait off the bottom. Your hook will be kept out of the rocks but this set-up will not prevent your sinker from snagging.
  • Use a tube-shaped, snag-resistant slip sinker to avoid getting snagged if the rocks
  • Keep your line as vertical as possible and when you troll with a light sinker let out a lot of line. The heavier the sinker, the better because you will be letting out less line and keeping your line at a better angle so it will not get snagged between rocks.

Low-Clarity water

Walleye can be found most often in low-clarity water. Since less sunlight filters through and there are more nutrients, walleye can spend more time in food-rich shallow waters which is ideal for them. Fishing in these types of waters is very consistent; you do not have to change your tactics too often. Walleye are less affected by weather changes in these types of waters and they are easier to find.

Your strategy will depend on visibility. If visibility in the water is less than a foot, use artificial lures. It will be easier for a walleye to detect your lure because of the brighter color, the action and the vibrations of the lure. Fish in these conditions bite best between 10 AM and 4 PM on calm sunny days.

The best types of lures for fishing in low-clarity water are lures with high visibility and that produce a lot of action and noise. Fluorescent orange and glow in the dark colors are best. Lures that have a vibrating mechanism are also a very good choice in these types of water.

For water visibility between one foot and three feet you can use live bait with a spinner or other attractor. Fish in the morning and late afternoon but be aware that as the day wares on fish will stop biting.

 

River

If you know how walleye react in certain conditions in rivers, you will be able to adjust your tactics and catch more fish. Current and fluctuating water levels affect walleye in different ways.

Walleyes will not tolerate a fast current. They will swim in slight currents but unless there is cover, the will not go near a fast current. Walleyes are mainly found in eddies, slack pools, or downstream from a current break because the water moves less here. Do not fish only downstream of water obstructions because the deflecting water off a current bank creates a slack pocket where walleye love to grab drifting food. Walleyes will also suspend between slack and moving water, this way they can hold still in the water then dart out occasionally for food.

The more stable the water, the more likely walleye will be there. If water levels rise, walleye will move to more shallow water. They often feed in water only a foot deep and if the current in the main channel becomes too swift, they move back to oxbows, sloughs and backwater lakes. Walleye will continue to feed if the water level is rising or still but as soon as it begins to fall they will move to deeper water to avoid getting trapped in a dead-water pool. As soon as they move, they feed less often and fishing them become more difficult.

The best way to catch river walleye is with a jig. You can reach bottom in 15 feet with a 1/8 ounce jig in still water. The most preferred types are round head and bullet head jigs for fishing with a current because they have the least water resistance. Cast just upstream of a poll or eddy with your jig from an anchored position. If your slipping down stream, cast to pools and eddies as well or you can vertically jig while drifting with the current or jig trolling downstream.

Using a crank bait, minnow plug and vibrating plug while trolling against the current will help you to catch walleye as well. If the current is not too swift, troll along the edges of the main channel. Other good areas to troll are long riprap banks, edges of long sandbars and islands, and rocky shorelines. In these cases, weight down your line with heavy sinkers. Casting to a riprap or rocky shoreline while the boat drifts with the current using a plug will catch walleyes as well. If the bottom of the river is relatively clean you can use a slip-sinker rig to drift the bait with the current. Let out just enough line to reach bottom. Using a fluorescent spinner in discolored water will make a huge difference when fishing.

No matter where you are fishing for walleye, always remember that the action of the lure is the most important aspect of attracting fish. If there is nothing that makes them interested, they will not bite.

Tips for every cast

There are many different ways to catch walleye. Each different lure type has advantages and disadvantages for certain water types and certain fish. Walleye are different from other fish because they tend to swim lower or remain suspended in water over a wide area. They also swim in schools which makes them easy to find. Here are a few basic tips and methods for catching these finicky eaters with different lure types.

Fishing with spinners

One of the oldest and best techniques for fishing walleye is spinner fishing. The vibration and flash of the blade draws the attention of the fish. Most fishers believe that spinners are an asset in any kind of water but spinners are most effective in murky water and low light conditions. These conditions are usually exactly where walleye are.

The sizes most used are size two to four blades with a silver, brass or gold blade in clear to moderately clear waters and a fluorescent green, orange or chartreuse blade in murky waters. Single size six hooks are best for minnows and leeches while tandem or tri-hooks are best for worms and other crawlers.

For spinners to be most effective, especially with walleye fishing, they have to be weighted. How much weight depends on your trolling or drifting speed and water depth. A ½ ounce sinker will get you to a depth of about 10 feet. For every five feet after, add another ½ ounce of weight. A bottom bouncer rig is preferred with walleye fishing since there is less line snagging and the bait will not bounce along the bottom of the body of water.

 

Fishing with a slip-sinker

Walleye are well known for picking up bait then releasing it once they feel the slightest bit of resistance. Using a slip-sinker will eliminate almost all resistance so the unsuspecting walleye will pick up the bait and try to swim away on a free like. The three main components of a slip-sinker set-up are the hook, the sinker and the stop. Other important factors to consider are the leader length and the weight of the sinker.

When you are fishing on a clean bottom, use a walking sinker or an egg sinker. If there is weedy cover, use a bullet sinker. For every 10 feet of depth you will need 1/8 to 3/16 ounces of weight. If it is a windy day, you will need extra weight to keep the sinker on the bottom.

Some fishers prefer to add a spinner blade or a coloured bead to their hook for a more attractive presentation and a splash of color. You can also use a small floater to keep the bait off the bottom and add color. Most fishers will ring with a plain hook, though it is up to personal preference.

If walleye are really hugging bottom a three foot leader is good enough. If they are suspended in the water you will need a much longer lead and a float. Depending on the situation and where the walleye are, you may need a lead that is 10 feet or longer.

The best rod for slip-sinker fishing is a 6 and ½ foot to 7 and ½ foot rod with a hard butt and soft tip. If you fail to release the line when a walleye strikes it will not feel enough resistance to want to drop the bait. Make certain to have your reel filled to 1/8 inch of the rim, if it is empty, the line will catch on the lip and there will be resistance when the fish tries to run. Also, if there are nicks on your spool it can cause the same problem so be sure to check your gear before casting.

How to hook and cast with slip-sinkers:

1.      Tie a slip-sinker ring by a threading weight to a six to eight pound mono. Tie on a small barrel swivel and add a three to five foot lead. Attach a size six or four hook depending on your bait to the end of your line.

2.      Hook your bait: night crawlers get hooked through the tip of the head and out the side about ¼ inch from the tip on a size 6 hook. Minnows are hooked through the lips with a size 4 hook and leeches just under the sucker with a size 6.

3.      Once you have set-up, lower the rig until your sinker hits bottom. As your depth changes, be sure to change your leader length. Hold your line with your index finger as you drift and troll to keep the bait open. The moment you feel even the smallest tug, release the line.

4.      Let the line flow freely as the fish runs until the fish stops.

5.      Quickly reel up slack while pointing the rod at the fish until you feel resistance.

6.      Finally, snap your wrist up sharply to set the hook.  

 

Fishing with Jigs

Jigs are considered one of the most consistent, inexpensive and effective bait for catching walleye. Jigs sink quickly into the water and jigs are designed to be worked slowly so even the most finicky fish will bite. Even though jigs come with feather and hair dressing, most fishers will tip their jigs with live bait for added attraction.

Depending on the mood of the fish, you will work your jig in different ways. If the water is cold, fish will be sluggish so a gentle, slow jigging action will be best. Once the water begins to warm up, fish will become more active so you can make your jig more active. Another technique is to cast it and retrieve it on the bottom or jig it along the bottom as you troll and drift.

If you do cast along the bottom, the best way to do it is to let it sink and bring it up slowly with a series of twitches and pauses. After each twitch, keep the line taunt so the jig will sink back to the bottom. Fish will strike when the jig is sinking and if your line is not taunt; you will lose the fish because you will not feel the strike. Sometimes the strike will feel like a distinct tap, other times there may be extra resistance or the jig will sink prematurely. When ever you feel something different about the jig while fishing; set the hook.

A fast-acting and sensitive rod is perfect for jig fishing to catch walleye. You will feel the slightest bit of movement from the fish and the rod will help give you an immediate set. With these two factors combined, the walleye will not have a chance to spit the jig out before you respond.

Fishing with Slip-bobbers

Walleye tend to be a very finicky fish, so when they are being very difficult and staying suspended in the water, nothing works better then slip-bobbing. You can usually tease them into biting by being able to hang the bait right in front of them. This also works if they are holding onto a small piece of structure.

One of the best things about a slip-bobber set up is that it can be used at any depth yet you can still reel in the bait right up to the rod tip. Slip-bobbers work better then a fixed bobber since with a fixed bobber you would not be able to cast the rig at more than a few feet.

A long rod works best for slip-bobber fishing, it should be at least 6 and a half feet. This way you can get a strong hook-set which might be hard because the bobber will cause your line to form a right angle between you and the fish. The moment the bobber goes down, set the hook. A slip-bobber is easy to make. Tie an elastic band or string at the desired fishing depth. Thread a small bead on followed by the bobber then add a split shot for balance. Finally, tie on a size 4 or 6 hook and bait it with a night crawler leech or minnow. At night you can add a lighted float powered by a tiny battery so you can see when the float sinks.

Fishing with Plugs

Plug fishing for walleye has caught on in popularity because of tournament fishing. It is a great way to cover a lot of water quickly while trolling. Trolling is a very effective way to catch walleye considering their basic behavior patterns.

If you want to increase your horizontal and vertical coverage, try trolling with side planners and weighing your lines differently. Sometimes a lead-core line, downriggers and a 3-way swivel rig will work to give you some options. Deep-running plugs will also give you a huge advantage. Some can even dive to 30 feet with no added weight.

Thin diameter, low-stretch braided lines have also been a big advancement to trolling techniques. Plugs will run even deeper because there is even less resistance. Also, these lines do not stretch so you will be able to get much better hook sets.

Plugs are not just one trick lures though. They are also great for casting especially if fish move into shallow waters in the evening. When the water gets cooler, a neutral buoyant minnow bait works the best because you can stop reeling and hang the bait right in the walleye’s faces.

No matter what technique you use, remember, walleye are very finicky fish. Sometimes the best way to attract them is with action, sometimes it’s with depth. No matter what the situation, knowing the basics of fishing walleye and the basics of their behavior can make a big difference.