As pre-summer conditions build to a feeding peak, walleyes begin schooling and feeding on newly-hatched insects and baitfish reaching edible size. Water temperatures in the mid-60ºs F are great for jigging, rigging and cranking.
Jigging for walleyes has traditionally been a slow, subtle, meticulous affair. Keep your line as short and vertical as possible to maximize feel and control. Use short, gentle, up-down strokes of the rod tip to alternately lift the jig a few inches, then let it fall back on a semi-taut line until it touches bottom. [Read more…]
Walleyes using the deeper portions of weed flats respond to both vertical jigging and casting crankbaits. Try both simultaneously to determine which works best.
GPS mapping technology provides quick and accurate clues for locating walleyes on a seasonal basis. Follow fish in transition from postpawn to summer areas by examining your onscreen map and anticipating walleye movements.
Onscreen mapping and side imaging reveal subtle fish attractors along and atop shallow structures. Key walleye spots become obvious once you learn to interpret your electronics.
MinnKota’s iPilot system, in sync with Humminbird electronics and LakeMaster mapping chips, allows precise GPS-based navigation and boat control. Press a few buttons, and your electric motor essentially steers your boat right where you want it to go!
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