Think of summer, and your mind fills with all sorts of visions, smells and sounds. Kids frolicking on the beach, burgers and brats sizzling on the grill, and you can almost here the Beach Boys in the background…. "Good, Good, Good, Good Vibrations ...". Summer means great walleye fishing action too, and keeping in mind that Beach Boys tune, "Good Vibrations" can be just what it takes to catch a bunch of fish this time of year.
The warmer waters of summer typically have fish in an active feeding mood, and more aggressive presentations are called for to trigger bites. The forage base in any given body of water is in full bloom also, and there’s a need for your offerings to draw attention to themselves in order for you to get bit. Trolling crankbaits has long been a favorite summertime tactic, and using cranks that feature rattles will add that extra vibration that will draw walleyes to your lure. Baits like Berkley’s Flicker Shad and Flicker Minnow are great examples of crankbaits designed with active fish in mind. The have moderately-high actions and built-in rattles … the perfect combination for summer walleyes.
Another situation where noisy crankbaits can shine for walleyes this time of year is when the fish are relating to weeds. In many natural lakes, weed edges are prime locations for summer walleyes, and an aggressive approach here can mean some fast fishing action. On North Dakota’s famed Devil’s Lake, casting rattle baits like the Sebil Lipless Seeker, over shallow weeds is a mainstay presentation for walleyes. It’s also a great tactic for catching a mixed bag of species including bass, pike and even the occasional muskie.
Crankbaits are not the only lures that emit "Good Vibrations" however. Another dynamite walleye presentation that has its own magic vibes is the old stand-by spinner rig. Just because its summer and the temps are on the warm side, doesn’t mean that walleyes are active all the time. In those situations when the fish are in a more "neutral" mode, spinners are a tough tactic to beat. Anglers that fish the massive western reservoirs have long relied on bottom bouncers and spinners to catch walleyes scattered across main-lake flats. These waters are rarely what one would call "clear" … in fact; fishing mud lines and dirty water is more the rule than the exception. That calls for a presentation that "rings the dinner bell" for walleyes, and few lures do that better than spinners.
The size and shape of the blade you use on your spinners will have a great effect on the amount of vibration the lures put out. A #3 Indiana style blade will send out a more subtle vibration that a #4 Colorado. Experimenting with blade size and shape will determine what vibe is right on any particular day. Northland Tackle’s Rattlin’ Rainbow Spinners take "Good Vibrations" one step further by utilizing Buck-Shot Rattle Beads to add even more sonic appeal. The rattle beads are used in place of standard beads as the body of the spinners, and can be especially