The Best Walleye Fishing Lures

The Best Walleye Fishing Lures
Walleye lures come in many types and colors, but some consistently produce more fish than others. Having a tackle box full of top-producing lures will help you catch fish in most lakes and rivers. Many of the best walleye lures will catch fish in multiple environments and weather conditions, and can be used on other species as well.


Rapalas are a favorite among walleye anglers as they will catch walleye as well as other species of fish. Best colors for walleye are silver, brown and fire tiger. They come in many styles that are used to swim at different levels. Shallow and deep-diving models are the most popular.

Hot N Tots

Hot N Tots consistently catch walleye from suspended depths of 15 to 25 feet. Use bright colors such as silver and fire tiger for best results.


Thundersticks are crankbaits used to target suspended walleye schools that are in deeper water. They often are used with a downrigger to reach depths of 30 feet and below. Bright colors such as silver, gold and fire tiger work best as well as natural colors such as light brown and green.

Crawler Harness

Crawler harnesses are used to troll or drift night crawlers on the bottom. They are produced by several companies and are often even made by local bait shops. Any harness with a combination of bright bead and spinners will work well. You can also buy the supplies to make them yourself if you want to try color combinations that you can't find elsewhere.

Lead Head Jig

Jigs that are 1/8 to 1/4 oz. used with live bait are a top-producing walleye lure. Colors should be bright such as chartreuse, orange, lime green or white. They can be found in any sporting goods store or bait shops and are inexpensive.


Article Written By Matthew Knight

Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.

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