Fishing Methods for Walleye Pike in Minnesota

Fishing Methods for Walleye Pike in Minnesota
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.

Location

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.

Tackle

Jigs, crankbaits, spinners and spoons work well for walleye. Use night-crawlers, minnows and leeches for live bait.

Trolling

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.

Crankbaits

Fish crankbaits employing a slow, steady retrieve. Experiment with different speeds and motions, and don't be afraid to switch to lures.

Slip-Bobber Fishing

If you know where the walleye are located, target them with a live-bait rig suspended from a slip-bobber float.

Down-Rigging

Used in deep lakes, a down-rigger allows fishermen to set exactly the depth at which they want to run their lure.

Article Written By Richard Hansen

Richard Hansen grew up and currently resides in Minnesota. He graduated from Dartmouth College and has traveled extensively in Africa and South America, including the Amazon jungle. He has worked as a wilderness guide in Yellowstone and northern Minnesota, and written for Fur-Fish-Game, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and RascalHansen.com.

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