Walleye flourish in deep, cold-water lakes and congregate along ledges, points or submerged structures. The best way to target walleye in these locations is by trolling with jigs, live-bait rigs or crank-baits. This allows you to efficiently pinpoint walleye on even the largest and most unfamiliar bodies of water.
Trolling allows you to cover a large area of water in a short amount of time by fishing from a boat that is moving at a slow to moderate speed.
Many fishermen use jigs baited with a night crawler, leech or minnow when trolling. Popular jig colors are orange, yellow, black, green and pink. Trolling with deep-diving crank-baits is also effective.
Walleye are found in deep lakes and large rivers with rock, gravel or sand bottoms. In the spring, walleye head for shallow bars and shoals or travel up feeder streams in order to spawn. As water temperatures rise, walleye spend most of the day in deeper water, moving into shallow water only during the early morning and evening.
Fish your lure near the bottom as you move along reefs, drop-offs, points and rip currents.
If trolling does not work, try fishing with bait suspended from a slip-bobber, vertical jigging from a stationary position, or casting crank-baits using a slow, steady retrieve.
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.