How to Catch Summer Walleye

How to Catch Summer WalleyeWalleyes are a freshwater fish native to Canada and the Northern United States. The fish are olive and gold in color and often are mistaken for the pike fish. The walleye averages 30 inches in length and 15 pounds. They are best caught in the cooler months, but you can have a successful fishing trip for walleye in the summer, too. It's important to know your fish and its habits.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing pole (rod and reel)
  • Bait
  • Boat
Step 1
Find a spot on the lake that has suitable conditions for walleye. In the warmer summer months this will be deeper waters because it is cooler for the fish. You can use a fish finder or depth gauge to search for walleye.
Step 2
Place your bait on your fishing pole. You can use lures or minnows to catch walleye. Crank baits are often used to catch walleye.
Step 3
Cast your pole if you are using crank bait. If using minnows or live bait, just drop your line. Slowly reel your line in. You might have to do this numerous times to lure the walleye to bite.
Step 4
Use your boat's trolling motor, if available, or allow your boat to drift. You will need patience when catching summer walleye. They go deeper in the summer months and you can spend a significant amount of time finding where they are.
Step 5
Reel in the fish when you feel the walleye bite your bait. Give the fishing pole a quick but firm jerk. This will set the hook into the walleye's mouth allowing you to bring it to the boat. Once you get your walleye onto the boat, remove the hook from its mouth.

Tips & Warnings

Walleyes like to hide in underwater structures to stay cool in the summer months. When locating a spot to fish for walleye, look for structures to fish around.
When fishing around under water structures be careful not to get your line hung on the structure. This can break your line or sometimes cause you to loose your rod and reel.

Article Written By Marie Scribe

Marie Scribe has been writing for more than 10 years. Her specialties include copywriting, advertising and editing. She has a journalism degree and extensive experience with business and technical writing. She has been published on and eHow.

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