Elusive and defiant, the walleye has duped even the most determined fanatics for decades. Struggle no more to wrangle in these clever beasts with a few surefire methods. With the necessary gear and the right technique, no amount of bad luck can keep the walleye from biting on your line.
Tip a leadhead jig with a minnow for an excellent spring and fall walleye bait. Depending on the depth of the water you’re fishing, try 1/16 to quarter-ounce jigs with a soft plastic swim bait body in white or shad color. They can be highly effective by vertically jigging or cast them with a slow retrieve.
If you’re anchored, consider a slip bobber rig. Since slip bobbers are intended to be fished with live bait, bait your hook with leeches, minnows or nightcrawlers.
Bottom Bouncer/spinner rig
To fish off the bottom, you’ll need a weight to get bait to the bottom. This bottom bouncer can be rigged with a chartreuse or red spinner rig in front of live bait. Especially during spring and summer, finish baiting the rig with nightcrawlers, leeches or minnows.
Minnow-imitating crank bait
There are many varieties to choose from, but the crowd favorite when it comes to crank baits is minnow-shaped. Either troll or cast the minnow-imitating crank bait when you’re stationary, and you’re more likely to have success in warmer water.
Be sure to get the crank baits needed for the depth you want to fish – check the box to see the depth at which the lure runs. Also, make sure the crank bait runs straight. It should not pull to either side, or worse yet, twist in the water. Crank baits that do this are ineffective.
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