How to Catch Walleye Fish

How to Catch Walleye Fish
Walleye are some of the most popular fish to catch in freshwater areas of the northern U.S. and Canada. Catching walleye depends a great deal upon knowing certain information about their behavior and preferred habitat. A key to successful walleye fishing is knowing their peculiar mannerisms for taking bait and being aware of their aversion to sunlight.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Catch Walleye

Things You’ll Need:
  • 7-foot, medium action rod 12-pound line Bait-casting reel Boat Nightcrawlers and/or leeches
  • 7-foot, medium action rod
  • 12-pound line
  • Bait-casting reel
  • Boat
  • Nightcrawlers and/or leeches
Step 1
Plan to fish for walleye either at night or in the early morning before the sun rises. Walleye are nocturnal feeders and prefer to eat when the least sunlight breaks through the surface. If you do go fishing in the afternoon, count on your haul rising as the sun goes down.
Step 2
Take your boat out to the deeper waters of the lake. You can catch walleye that track their food into shallower waters, but your best bet is to cast in the deeper areas that they prefer. Glide in easily to your spot rather than making a big show of things or you'll scare the walleye away. Trolling is the best choice because walleye do not appreciate the sound of boat engines. For the best possible effect, use a long line to keep the boat far away from potential catch.
Step 3
Bait your hook with nightcrawlers or leeches. You also can use minnows or other small fish. For best results, use a bait-casting reel. Because walleye are aggressive eaters, a 12-pound test line is advised. Make sure to cast away from the sound of the boat. Feed the line in order to keep your bait down.
Step 4
Drop the tip of the rod at the first feel of a strike from the walleye. Walleyes most often make an initial grab at the bait and immediately back off. Take a count of three after the first strike and drop before pulling the rod tip up again: This will set the hook. Because walleye have soft mouths, make sure that you set the hook with a firm motion but avoid jerking it too roughly.
Step 5
Avoid feeding the line when using spinners, spoons, jigs and crankbait. Using these methods can also be successful for catching walleye, but you must take a different approach from when bait is used. In order to stop the fish from getting away, you will have to crank very rapidly.

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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