Walleye Fishing Tips & Tricks

Walleye Fishing Tips & TricksWalleye are one of the most popular freshwater fish in North America. They are smart enough and tasty enough to make them a challenging and rewarding catch. If you are headed out on a fishing trip, educating yourself on the habits of walleye and what attracts them will save you the guessing game that fishing can be if you're new to the sport.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod
Step 1
Fish upstream in tributaries to lakes holding walleye when the water breaks in early spring. Walleye often make spawning runs up these creeks and streams at this time of year.
Step 2
Select bait that is season-appropriate. Minnows work year-round, but leeches and worms are much more effective in the summer than any other season. Stick to minnows in the fall, when fish are hungriest.
Step 3
Fish deeper waters when shallow depths fail to produce. As the sun gets higher in the sky, you should move to deeper waters, following the walleye.
Step 4
Go to where the waves are and drop a line. Whitecaps and agitated water will stir up algae, which draws smaller fish, which draw walleye--particularly the bigger ones.
Step 5
Troll underwater ridges where the lake floor drops off. These are popular spawning areas and are heavily trafficked by walleye.
Step 6
Use a downrigger when trolling in the heat of summer or early fall.
Step 7
Fish in or near weeds, cattails or other growths by the water's edge, particularly in the morning and evening.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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