The Walleye

General Information
The Saugeye is a cross breed of Walleye and Saugers. Walleye is found in almost every state and province in North America. Walleyes frequently eat smelt, yellow perch, gizzard or threadfin shad and will eat whatever nature offers them (insects,leeches,frogs,mice,crayfish).

Walleye is one of the most fished species in North America and a favorite of anglers. They have finicky feeding habits. Their behavior makes it difficult for them to be caught and there is a sense of accomplishment for the patient angler when they can catch a walleye despite the frustration. It is also one of the tastier fish varieties.

Common Names for Walleye:
Pickerel, Jackfish, Dore, Walleyed Pike (USA different from "Pike")

The Walleye is also related to: the European Zander, Saugers, Perch and Darters (North America)

What does The Keel SystemTM do?

  • Action mimics a distressed or injured bait fish.
  • Erratic movement makes it easier for Walleye to spot its prey.
  • Added flash off keel for better visibility.
  • Will not spin even in the choppy water that Walleye love.

The Walleye and The Keel Difference

Walleye Vision

Walleye generally do their feeding in dim light. Their eyes adjust well for night vision or in times of low light as compared to the fish they prey on. It is not uncommon for walleye to be found in dim or murky waters or water that is choppy. When light is filtered by the choppy waters, walleye are more likely to come into the shallows. Dawn and dusk are peak times to go walleye fishing.

The Keel Difference - Vision

The keel acts as an additional flash off the white belly of the bait fish. All fish have white bellies which a predator fish see as they swim under their prey. The keel enhances the visibility of the white belly by providing flash off the belly during the rolling side to side action.

Ultra Sensitive Nerve Endings

Walleye have sensitive nerve endings on each side of their body. This allows them to sense and single out through vibration and vision an erratically swimming bait fish from the rest of the school of fish, and helps them also to sense a bait fish in deeper more murky waters.

The Keel Difference - Nerve Endings

This lure behaves just like the erratic movements of a swimming bait fish, which is ideal for walleye fishing. The rolling action and kicking tail of this lure mimics the injured bait that walleye seek out.

Feeding Location Factors (Wind)

Wind plays a major role in the feeding habits of walleye. Wind creates choppy waters and scatters and breaks down the light in the water making it easier for the light-sensitive walleye to handle coming closer to the surface. Waves help to trigger feeding sprees by producing low clarity in the water which is good for the walleye and bad for its prey. Wind will also help by stirring up loose "food" from the bottom and bring it up to the surface which induces a feeding frenzy. It will also push warm surface water to the downwind sections of lakes which attract the walleye. Wind will draw walleye to narrows, reefs and points where concentrations of food are stirred up from the bottom.

The Keel Difference - Wind Factors

Since wind is a trigger to catch walleye, you want your lure to behave like a bait fish in the water. Wind causes current and waves to form, this greatly impacts the way most lures behave by causing them to spin in the water. A spinning lure does not behave like an injured bait fish and if anything will confuse and deter a walleye from going after it. KIKO Keel lures have removed the spin factor and will not react the way most lures do. They will not spin in the waves or current formed by wind but instead will stay upright, with a rolling side-to-side motion and kicking tail just like an injured bait fish.

Feeding Location Factors (Clouds, Rain, Storms)

Walleye tend to come out of hiding and closer to the surface when it clouds over or just before a storm when the sky gets darker. However during a lightning storm or when they hear loud noises coming from above, they will retreat. The walleye is sensitive to noise and will scurry into the depths or into reeds to get away from the noise.

<The Keel Difference - Location

Since the action and movements of the lure with a keel is so life like, it attracts the walleye. The white belly and added flash make it easier for the walleye with good night vision to visibily see its new prey even better in darker and murkey waters.


Our Recommended Lures for Walleye:

These are what our Pro Fishermen recommend for walleye. You may find other colors that work for you in your particular location. The lures listed below are the #400 SERIES ONLY. For our full color listing and #300 Series, head over to our Fishing Store.

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Black headband 400 Walleye Fishing LureBlack headband Walleye Fishing Lure
HBRK401 Black on Silver
Black Stripe Walleye Fishing LureBlack Stripe Walleye Fishing Lure
SRK417 Black Stripe on Silver
Gold Headband Walleye Fishing LureGold Headband Walleye Fishing Lure
HBRK405 Gold on Silver
Gold Solid Walleye Fishing LureGold Solid Walleye Fishing Lure
SRK422 Black on Gold

Green Headband Walleye Fishing LureGreen Headband Walleye Fishing Lure
HBRK402 Green on Silver

Green Walleye Fishing LureGreen Walleye Fishing Lure
SRK419 Black on Green

Orange Headband Walleye Fishing LureOrange Headband Walleye Fishing Lure
HBRK404 Orange on Silver

Orange Walleye Fishing LureOrange Walleye Fishing Lure
SRK421 Black on Orange

Red Headband Walleye Fishing LureRed Headband Walleye Fishing Lure
HBRK403 Red on Silver

Red Walleye Fishing LureRed Walleye Fishing Lure
SRK420 Black on Red


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