On a lot of walleye waters, particularly shield lakes (but some reservoirs as well), a good number of walleyes relate to deep rock structure from summer well into fall.
Many of you might ask why would you need a Power-Pole system on a walleye boat ... well here's one scenario that is very effective when combined with the Drift Paddle attachment:
Several factors come into play when considering how to set the drag for catching bigger-than-average walleyes:
Slip bobbering is a highly effective technique whenever schools of walleyes are feeding on relatively small areas. I use floats for fishing points, gravel humps and other structure. It’s also a great way to pull walleyes from the edges of weed walls and standing timber.
A couple of years ago I started using Fluorocarbon line to tie up my walleye spinner harnesses because Fluorocarbon has the same light index as water, meaning that is was virtually invisible under water.
A: Berkley Vanish is a good choice for a mono for vertical jigging because it is fluorocarbon. One of the attributes of fluorocarbon is that it is low stretch.
Where’s the best place to find walleyes in late summer? Wherever the walleyes are feeding - that’s where! In this, the hottest part of the season, a walleye’s metabolism is running as high as it’s going to run all year. That’s what makes now such a great time of year ...
A: When choosing a trolling rod, you need the following characteristics:
The #1 thing I consider when fishing a spinner is what kind of vibration it's throwing off. I think the vibration is often the first thing a walleye detects from a lure coming by him.
In the early part of the season, trolling shallow water for walleyes can be very effective. This takes a much different approach than you might normally use when trolling for walleyes. First of all you’ll want to use use smaller, more subtle action crankbaits this early in the season.
In late winter and into early spring, river walleyes can be tough to catch simply because run-off and spring rains can muddy up the water and make it difficult for the fish to find your presentation. That, coupled with the fact that these fish are often related to very tight, specific pieces of cover where they hang just out of the main current, make a precise pitching presentation ideal. That is as long as you pitch a bait tht will get their attention.
There’s been a huge shift the past few of years when it comes to cold-water river walleye fishing. It was once considered that the “jig and minnow” was the only bait to use on rivers like this.
In most ice fishing locales, tip-ups are normally not as popular for winter walleye fishing as jigging with rod and reel. But make no mistake about it, when rigged correctly, a well placed tip-up can be a deadly presentation for finicky walleyes.
A trick we have used with some success when dealing with more finicky walleyes through the ice is to play a game of cat-and-mouse with them. Say you are watching a fish on your locator but the fish doesn’t bite your offering immediately.
I like using 2 setups for ice fishing walleye on most bodies of water. One for jigging action baits and one for jigging a jig.
Vertical, it is a double-edge sword when it comes to catching through the ice walleyes. On the plus side, we are staying in direct contact with our lure and be spot on the structure we are fishing to fool our quarry. The downfall, we are now dealing with situations where walleyes can analyze our presentation like no other time of year.
The biggest factor for successfully catching late season walleyes is to know their seasonal migrations on your particular body of water. That will tell you where to find the fish, and in turn, give clues as to what the best presentation will be to catch them.