Walleye Line Theory

Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson

December 1, 2020

Let’s talk a little bit about the walleye line theory for ice fishing. When it comes to walleye fishing, I think most people are pretty basic when it comes to the line specifications, and I’m not all that different.

With walleye lines, so much of it is just based on poundage. Most of the time you are looking for brake strength somewhere in that six to eight pound range.

I like to go down to Suffix Ice fluorocarbon five pound test I’ll say that 75 to 80 percent of the time that what I am using.

Like most ice anglers, I fish with a lot of spoons. The majority of the time for walleye I am fishing with a 1/8th ounce spoon of some kind.

At the end of the day, I have found that a five pound line delivers a really good presentation on most of those spoons I fish with.

It’s limber enough that you can get some good action yet, it is stiff enough that you’re not going to get a ton of tangling as those baits come and flip
up and over themselves.

Now when I go to big waters and I’m targeting specifically big fish; I’ll fish an 8 to 10 pound fluorocarbon.

If I am going to be targeting those bigger fish I’ll also upsize my reel from a 750 size to 1000. You’ll just have better line capacity and line control.

For most of your standard presentations try five pound or if you’re afraid of five pounds, go with a six pound fluoro. As long as you’ve got a quality drag and a good reel it’s set well you won’t have a problem landing fish on 5 pound test.

It will give your bait more action and I think it’ll help you catch more fish.

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