Walleye Night Fishing Tips

Walleye Night Fishing TipsWalleye migrate from deep waters in search of forage fish at night. This nocturnal pattern is true for large and small, as well as male and female walleye. Find walleyes combing the shoreline for food at night or use specially designed fishing equipment to lure them there in an hour or less. Once you spot a feeding frenzy, cast your line and wait for a strike.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Submerged lighting system
  • 10- to 14-pound test
  • Live bait
  • Shiny lures
  • #4/0 hooks
  • Pre-made chum
  • Bait bag with weights and rope
Step 1
Set your anchor about 20 to 25 feet from shore and power on a submerged lighting system or illumination device as it is also called. A 5-lb. illumination device is sufficient and expansive enough to lure forage fish; use as directed for saltwater and freshwater applications.
As a general rule of thumb, zoo plankton will first appear, followed by bait fish and then large walleye and other game fish, which migrate based on the swimming patterns of bait fish.
Step 2
Lure bait fish and walleye with chum if you do not own a submerged lighting system. Purchase pre-made chum bait from a tackle store or order it online. Empty the chum into a weighted mesh bag; a 5-lb. bag is sufficient.
Seal the top of the bag and slowly lower it into the water. Increase the potential for a strike using slick, which is the blood and oil runoff collected from chum and other cut-bait. Scatter the slick around your boat.
Step 3
Wait 20 to 60 minutes for walleye to appear. While you wait, rig two to four fishing poles with a walleye set-up. Spool on a heavy action test line, say 10 to 14 pounds, and tie on a #4/0 hook. Thread a 1- to 3-inch chunk of bluegill or pickerel or 3-inch minnow to your hook and add a lightweight sinker to the bottom of your line. Cast your line within 10 feet of your chum set-up. It is not necessary to cast out very far.
Step 4
Allow walleye an opportunity to bite your bait. Walleye are slower at night, so wait several beats after you feel tension on the light, which is indicative of a fish holding your line. Lower the tip of your rod to set the hook and reel in your walleye.

Tips & Warnings

Partner chum with a submerged lighting system, if you prefer, for superior strikes.
Live bait is the preferred bait choice when fishing for walleye at night; however, shiny lures are also effective.
You can also use the flash from an old 110 camera to attract fish to your fishing spot, according to South Dakota Fishing, instead of a submerged lighting system. The website also states the importance of rigging a heavier pound test, preferably one that is heavier than a pound test used for daytime fishing.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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