Walleye can be found in both open lakes and in streams. They prefer deep, shadowy pockets with vegetative growth and cover to protect their eggs. In streams, they cling to shorelines in pockets where the current is less strong.
Open Water Technique
In large lakes, trolling is the best method to reach them at their shadowy depths.
Open Water Lures
Use a lure that wiggles or rattles to attract walleyes' attention. Since they can feed 10 to 90 feet below the surface, a deep diver is needed.
Find a shadowy spot that affords walleye cover beneath downed trees or logs, or at the base of rocks. Jigging creates motion that attracts the walleye to your lure. Once you find a spot where they are biting, continue to fish the same area since they cluster together.
Use a variety of jig lures until you find one the fish prefer. A simple jig head with a brightly colored, plastic grub, or the more complex spinners and rattling spoons will surely catch their attention.
Use Your Resources
When fishing a new area, always consult your local fish and wildlife office. Those organizations offer a wealth of knowledge about the locations and lure preferences of the fish in their area.