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It's All About Walleye Fishing And Catching That Trophy Fish

Apr 21, 2008
Walleye are wily fish to catch. It's no wonder that they have so much attraction and a loyal following of fisherman throughout North America. Many avid anglers will book fishing vacations / holidays up to as remote virgin walleye fishing regions as Northern Canada just to grab that "Killer Walleye". What can a Walleye fisherman do best or even better not do in order to catch that trophy fish?

One of the first points to make is you as fishermen are what you bait. Do not use lethargic bait. Most anglers do not realize at all that the natural movement of the bait is much more important than sense or taste to the fish even is. To continue that leeches and crawlers continue to move and attract your prey change bait every 5 to 10 minutes. However note in the case of minnows - those minnow bait last longer.

Along with bait, placement and depth can be key. Its best not to drag your bait on the water's or shore's bottom. Your rigs, bait rigs and bouncers should "swim" just above the "bottom "most of the time. If there is contact with the bottom it should only be occasionally. Thus if you feel that tick or twitch - it can only be one thing - your walleye.

Some fisherman will fish overweight jigs. If you can use the lightest, not the heavier, jigs possible. If the jig is heavy itself it will make it hard for you to feel and react to the fish's strike. Strikes of a Walleye on bait can start out to be ever to slight to the touch. Why deaden your response, or your enjoyment. Of course in the case of river currents, you may have to increase your weight load of jigs.

The bigger and more trophies desirable Walleyes are no slouches. They have "been around and seen it all". As such you find them among the weeds and weedbeds, schooling ever so tightly. In such cases a crankbait along the edges of the weed or weeded areas may grab you that first strike. Next pick that area as well as the adjoining areas of water slowly apart. You can find that a lipless rattling crankbait can help you to cover the water near the surface more quickly. If the fish are located deeper (perhaps your fishfinder has informed you of this) you may prefer to use a diving crankbait with pronounced action.

What about casts and casting when it comes to Walleye fishing? First it can be said that "long casts although impressive to the crowd and non-fisherman, often lead to more snags and snagging. Why waste your time getting out of snags and losing valuable tackle? Position your boat so that you can make short casts. In addition you may often find that you get more bites from the fish - especially so with fishing jigs. It is best to position your fishing boat so that you have the best position and ability to do short, generally more effective casts. Thirty (30) feet or so is often best as a cast distance. Thirty feet will give a jig a nice pendulum like movement and will reduce the wind's influence on your fishing lines.

Lastly the question is often asked of how much line to release - how much line to have and how much fishing line to release. Ultimately you want to keep your fishing line at a 45 degree angle. Too much line will make the bottom bounce fall over , dragging the trailing bait or spinner rig instead of letting it move or "swim " along graciously. When trolling it's a balancing act with trolling speed and inertia on one hand and bottom bouncer weight on the other hand.

It's all about Walleye fishing and catching that "Killer Walleye Fish". Remember that good day fishing is better than the best day of working at the office, ever.
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