Fishing Articles — Walleye

Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

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Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

 The transom slaps into the waves with rhythmic percussion. The light rods load slightly, their soft arcs reaching out over the water. At the tip, the line takes a right angle, pointing back into the gentle chop behind the slowly progressing boat. Somewhere back there, a long, slender hair jig and a realistic, minnow-imitating plastic body progress slowly along, undulating with the rise-and-fall of the boat. Backtrolling allows each wave to slow or sometimes stop the boat, and the baits angle slowly toward bottom, tails fluttering. On each turn the outside baits rise and accelerate, while the inside baits parachute...

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Casting Big Water: Snap-Jerk-Power-Rip Jigging for Big Walleyes by Matt Straw

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Casting Big Water: Snap-Jerk-Power-Rip Jigging for Big Walleyes by Matt Straw

What do brown trout, muskies, bass, reds, blues, sharks, walleyes, pike, and salmon have in common? Obviously, they’re all fish. But a violent response to rip jigging would be accepted. (Even on Jeopardy.) A friend taught me long ago that a cheap, unpainted, ball-head jig tipped with a white pork strip could consistently take big pike all summer long when “ripped.” He pitched from the deep weedline—out on the flats or right along the edge of the weeds and let the jig fall to bottom. As soon as the jig made contact, he ripped it up about 4 feet while...

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Lake Erie Shore Walleye by Paul Liikala

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Lake Erie Shore Walleye by Paul Liikala

Erie Walleye Can Be Shore Easy So many miles of water and where does one begin? This is the problem for Lake Erie walleye anglers.  Even though the shallowest of the Great Lakes has an estimated 26 million walleye, it also has 6,361,600 surface acres of water. Lake Erie Good Starting Points for Shore Walleye The list below offers areas with good structure covering large areas along the shoreline. The places mentioned have boat launches. Huron Harbor - From Huron Harbor troll a couple miles west.  East of the harbor is very good structure that continues all the way to Vermilion (boat launch...

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  Multiple choice question: Snap swivels are: A) Important B) Not important C) Useful D) Inexpensive E) All of the above If you answered all of the above, you guessed the answer I would choose, but there are other answers about these remarkable little products I could have listed and still chose “all of the above.” L – R, Duo Lock, Interlock, Cross Lock and Coast Lock. I could have added: “colorful” “strong,” “expensive” or a variety of other possible answers to the question. The correct choice would still be all of the above. It’s surprising how much time many...

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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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