Walleye flourish in the many deep, cold-water lakes found throughout Minnesota. Next time you're fishing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, consider using one of the following four methods to catch this popular and tasty gamefish--trolling, slip-bobber fishing, crankbaits or down-rigging.
Walleye prefer deep lakes, with rock, gravel or sandy bottoms. Prime holding areas to target are gravel ledges, points, submerged structure and humps located in shallow to moderate depth water.
Jigs, crankbaits, spinners and spoons work well for walleye. Use night-crawlers, minnows and leeches for live bait.
Trolling allows you to cover large areas in a short amount of time. Fish near the bottom using a jig, baited with night-crawler or leech, as you move along reefs, drop-offs, points and rip currents.
Fish crankbaits employing a slow, steady retrieve. Experiment with different speeds and motions, and don't be afraid to switch to lures.
If you know where the walleye are located, target them with a live-bait rig suspended from a slip-bobber float.
Used in deep lakes, a down-rigger allows fishermen to set exactly the depth at which they want to run their lure.