The walleye is a species of fish that abounds and spawns in freshwater. It is a fish species that is closely related to the perch, northern pike, and the zander found abundantly in Europe. The walleye is native to North America, abounding profusely in the northern US states and large parts of Canada.
Fishing for walleye is controlled and monitored despite their abundance in order to keep their populations intact. The walleye is a fish that is more active during dawn and dusk as its acute eyesight enables it to find food in turbid or dusky water. So one of the most practical walleye fishing tips that you can exploit to the hilt is to venture out late in the evening or early morn. In the following paragraphs, more walleye fishing tips have been outlined for you to take advantage of.
If a hefty walleye is all you want to hook, then you’d have to play dirty or rather get dirty and also need to take calculated risks. Under normal weather conditions, you may want to use a light twister tail vertical jig with a worm, salted minnow or leech hooked to it as a bait or lure keeping close to the shoreline. But you’ll hook only minnows like small perches or walleyes if you play it safe. Now that might be fascinating early on in the day but you’ll tire out eventually as evening approaches.
The thrill of hooking walleyes lies in overpowering the big ones and that’ll call for venturing deeper into the water. Usually, during the spring or summer, when the rays of the sun are more direct, walleyes will tend to move around the shoreline during dawn and move towards the middle when the sun shifts higher up in the sky to avoid glare or heat. Use a lightweight three-pronged jig with a 4-ounce bait that sinks really down and try to swim against the current i.e. upstream.
The walleye is a smart fish as more often than not it’ll tear into the bait and seize it, and you’ll be left dangling with the hook. More often than not, using plastic baits will result in your netting a good catch, especially the undersized ones as the smaller varieties will have a hard time shredding the artificial lures and ultimately surrender after having a hard time.
Walleyes tend to conceal themselves inside weed beds and rocky ledges during the summer season when the atmospheric heat tend to raise the temperature of the water inordinately compelling the walleyes to seek cooler and darker pastures. So, if you’re fishing during the height of the summer season, use a lightweight line and hook a plastic twister tail, preferably an unscented one. As for color, go for naturally colored twister tails like white, silver or brown. Look for spots that are replete with weeds and foliage and cast your line accordingly.
Try taking the jig as far underwater as possible and occasionally pull it up and shake it to remove lumps of weeds or mud. Taking the jig deeper and rigging it slowly goes a long way in attracting the walleye. Making faster movements will result in your attracting pikes. The walleyes tend to become quite lazy during the afternoon and it is quite unlikely that they’ll be aggressive with their baits at this time of the day.
During this time of the day, walleyes prefer to nibble and feed on live baits like worms, crayfishes or crawlers. In the summers, as the morning graduates to noontime, the walleyes swim down a little deeper to escape the upper layers of water that tend to become hotter and look for areas that are murky or turbid. During the noon, you’re most likely to catch them dozing off within the crevasses and cracks of rocky points as the nooks and crannies trap more oxygen than surrounding areas.
Fly fishing at certain times of the year can yield a good catch of walleyes, especially during the thick of the winter or throughout late spring. Late spring or winters are the spawning seasons for walleye and they’re most likely to move upstream for hatching eggs. During spawning, they develop a preference or appetite for yarn flies, nymphs, and mayfly hatches.
Try fly fishing a little late in the evening or just when dawn is breaking on the horizon. If you’re pushing the jig deep into the water, use nymphs as lures; burgees or pennons if you’re aiming for the midlevel, and a mud-colored spinner in case you intend to stay on the surface.
You could reap a good harvest if you tried using lures or baits that are found naturally in the river, brook or stream where you’re fishing. This is a treasured secret that very few anglers will reveal to you. In case, you’re not able to decide on the appropriate type of bait you’d want to use after sifting through all the offerings in a store, then you could play it safe by hooking live traps native to the region. Walleyes are more likely to bite into lures that are habituated to feeding on a regular basis.
Walleyes have a fetish for leeches, and if you happen to throw the line in an area swarming with the fish, you can bet that you’ll have it really easy if you hook these hermaphrodites as baits. Since leeches are extremely slippery by nature, these suckers might slip out of your hand when you attempt to hook them. So, wear gloves to hold them and/or stroke these against your trousers before spiking them via their suckers or suctions cups.
You’ll be able to hone your walleye fishing skills if you follow the above-mentioned tips. Of course, there are more tips or guidelines you can pursue for which you can research on the net if you wish to become a pro in walleye angling.