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Secrets To Trolling For Walleye

Sep 15, 2008
Anyone that has fished for walleye will tell you that trolling for walleye is a great way of catching the tasty fish. These individuals will also tell you it is a great way to get more than just a few.

Actually, by trolling it allows an individual to cover a larger area and have your bait in the water for a longer period of time, as being compared to simply cast into the water. Amazingly, walleye love to chase their food. So, in all fairness trolling at a slow speed will essentially attract a walleye faster than if an individual was continuously casting bait into the water. It is however important to know that going more than around three miles per hour will not catch walleye. The slower speed is what will catch the most walleye.

Something else of importance obviously is shallow water. If you are going to go trolling for walleye in shallow water be sure that the bait you are using is within three to five feet from the bottom during the day. The bait shouldn't be totally dragging on the bottom for several reasons, and the biggest reason is that it will get snagged. Another factor about dragging on the bottom is that the bait will actually take on a certain amount of debris. This will make it hard for the walleye to see or even be something the walleye would want to eat.

If this is the case, an individual won't have much luck at trolling for walleye because they simply won't see the bait, or the snagging of the bait will have the individual constantly stopping to attach more bait in order to continue trolling for the walleye.

Good trolling fish anglers that go after walleye all know that it's also important to check the bait quite a bit to make sure it is free of debris and other material.

And now, if an individual has the opportunity to be trolling for walleye in deeper water the adventure gets better. The idea or best strategy for this is finding the best water depth that is appealing to the walleye and where they are essentially hanging out. If for some reason after a period of time there is no bite or no action, then simply set the bait to another depth and see if this works better. If an individual is using more than one reel it is important to set the rod and reels a bit away from one another so as neither will get snagged on the other.

Another strategy that fish anglers use for trolling for walleye is basically a home method called board planing. This allows the reels to stay a certain distance away from each other, and then the problem of the reels or line being snagged is taken care of.

Many areas and locations have reasonable resources for trolling for walleye and there are many fishing anglers that do just that. The over all success rates for trolling for walleye as compared to fishing from the shore is much greater.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best walleye fishing information possible. Get more information on walleye fishing while trolling here: http://www.askwalleyefishing.com/
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