While April showers bring May flowers, names can be deceiving. Mayflies, for example, are usually most abundant throughout the northern states in June & July, and often play a key role in early summer walleye fishing. At the leading edge of summer, schools of tiny minnow and baitfish fry that hatched in spring may [Read more…]
By: Tony Barlow Do you have this issue like I do? Always showing up to fish a body of water the day after it is hot. Starting your “fish-cation” immediately following a massive cold front. Listening to the chatter at the bait shop only to find out you missed the best fishing of your [Read more…]
Livebait rigging with leeches or nightcrawlers excels for fishing the edges of deep midlake structures. Coupled with precise boat control, livebait tempts even reluctant walleyes to bite.
Weedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes.
Photo by Bill Lindner The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest. Walleye Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic livebait rigging [Read more…]
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…]
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