Show Me Walleye

Published on: Jan. 16, 2014

habitats are favorite ambush points for walleye. They also know that the side of the lake receiving a strong wind is the place to be because wind action concentrates phytoplankton, which attracts shad. Finally, walleye anglers know that low-light conditions are often the time when walleye are the most aggressive and feeding. Walleye get their name from their large eyes, which allow for exceptional vision in low-light conditions. Equipped with the advantage of low-light supremacy, walleye often move shallower to feed during the late evening, night, and early morning hours. Walleye also tend to move shallower on cloudy days.

Fishing a point on the windy side of the lake, in low light conditions, is a good way to start the day.

Baits and Presentations

Fishing technology and innovations are changing every day, offering new tools for anglers. However, the four most common types of walleye baits used in Missouri are crankbaits, bottom-bouncers, jigs, and spoons. Color choices can be classified into two types: natural and loud. It is a good idea to have both options in your tackle box. Natural colors mimic baits that walleye are actually eating on your body of water. Loud colors are bright colors, such as chartreuse or pink, that are used to get a reaction bite. The best bait choices on a particular fishing trip depend upon the time of year and the type of habitat you are fishing. Let’s look at some times to use these four types of baits throughout the year.

Late Winter/Spring

During the pre-spawn and spawning period, walleye are sluggish due to low water temperatures and lower metabolism rates. To trigger strikes, slower presentations are key. Jigs and/or worms on the bottom and suspending jerk baits are pre-spawn favorites. This is the time for bank anglers to shine, as walleye stack into tributary streams and along the lake’s rocky shores. While walleye have other things on their mind during the spawn, it can be a great time for beginning walleye anglers to get into a lot of fish.

Post-spawn walleye are found in a variety of habitats and water depths, meaning that there is a wide variety of bait options that can be successful during this period. Crankbaits, bottom bouncers, and jigs are all effective.

Trolling crankbaits enables an angler to cover a lot of water and locate walleye quicker. Trolling speeds can vary from 1.5 to 3 mph, with

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