Fishing Articles — Walleye

Casting for Walleyes on Crank by Matt Straw

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Casting for Walleyes on Crank by Matt Straw

Spray is ripped from the crest of waves on a wind-blown shoreline. A low ceiling hovers darkly above as surf crashes into a rocky point. On a rolling deck, cold fingers grip rod handles, guiding crankbaits through a maze of boulders. Opaque eyes look up from below the tumult of roiling water that throws their prey off balance. Walleyes take advantage of wind blowing into points, shorelines, reefs, and shallow flats in fall, using waves as cover from above and as leverage against smaller baitfish that get tossed about. Many species of baitfish and other forms of prey are moving...

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The Inside Edge on In-Line Planer Boards by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411)

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The Inside Edge on In-Line Planer Boards by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411)

Not so long ago fishing with an in-line planer board was considered a novelty among serious Great Lakes anglers. Back in the days when in-line boards were just starting to pop up on the Great Lakes scene, most open water anglers were already well versed in the art of board trolling. With the help of a mast and retrieval reel system, a pair of dual boards, tether lines, and a truckload of line releases, anglers could literally saturate the water column with fishing baits! The traditional planer board and mast set up is a fish harvesting system second to none in...

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"Pop" Goes the Walleye by Dave Mass

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"Pop" Goes the Walleye by Dave Mass

  While it’s true that local knowledge of a fishery is usually tough to beat for filling your live well, at times a fresh set of eyes can see opportunities to improve upon tried-and-true angling techniques. Case in point: Downriggers have been used to target deep-water walleyes on Lake Erie for decades, and while modifications to standard downrigger methods have certainly surfaced over time, anglers are still often frustrated by walleyes that simply won’t strike. When Great Lakes walleyes are aggressive, seemingly everyone on the lake is catching them using a wide variety of techniques. When walleyes are negative, it’s...

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Pitching Walleye Cranks: Overlooked And Misunderstood by Matt Straw

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Pitching Walleye Cranks: Overlooked And Misunderstood by Matt Straw

Every pass across the tip of a rock point produces a walleye. Troll cranks as far as you want along that break, across several similar rock points, and nothing happens. Turn around, pass that point, and whap—another marble eye. A little bulb should light up in your head, telling you to turn around and drop the electric trolling motor. When walleyes concentrate on specific spots, trolling wastes time and energy. The right move is to spend more time on that specific spot before the fish decide to move. Many walleye pros opt for baited jigs or they rip-jig with plastics...

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