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Walleye Fishing: A Big Spin on the Big Water by Keith Jackson

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Walleye Fishing: A Big Spin on the Big Water by Keith Jackson

For a walleye fisherman, few things are as intimidating as a big body of water the first time you fish it. That is certainly true of the Great Lakes where bays are bigger than many inland lakes. Part of the intimidation is a lack of confidence, not knowing that you’re using the right gear at the right time. Snelled spinners can help because few lures work better at catching walleyes during the open-water season. “There’s something about a spinner-and-crawler rig that walleyes can’t resist,” says walleye pro, guide and educator Mark Martin of Muskegon, Mich., “It doesn’t seem to matter...

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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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Spinner (Crawler Harness) Preparation for Walleye by Rob Barnes

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Spinner (Crawler Harness) Preparation for Walleye by Rob Barnes

One of the most effective live bait rigs of all time are spinners.  Also known as “crawler harnesses”, spinners are brutally simple but possess the utmost flexibility in terms of customization.  Therefore, they are extremely adaptable to a variety of conditions found throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.  Whether drifted in river currents behind bottom bouncers or trolled with inline weights paired with Off Shore Tackle planer boards, spinners have proven themselves time and time again to walleye anglers.  The purpose of this article is to provide readers with an overview for tying their own spinner rigs. FOUNDATIONS In...

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Finding New-Water Walleyes Fast by Matt Straw

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Finding New-Water Walleyes Fast by Matt Straw

When looking for walleyes on new water, where do you begin? Walleye guide and renaissance angler Tony Roach simply clears his mind, opens his eyes, and adds up the usual variables. “Never go anywhere thinking you know where the fish will be,” he says. “Preconceived notions get you into trouble,” Roach added. “If you believe you know where walleyes are on new water, you spend too much time trying to prove yourself right. Check every theory quickly, efficiently, and move on. When you’re beating a dead horse, the quicker you admit it the better off you’ll be.” Roach refuses to...

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Dig for Gold with Copper by Capt. Scott Kuvshinikov

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Dig for Gold with Copper by Capt. Scott Kuvshinikov

The water temperature climbs quickly during mid-summer on Lake Erie. Along with that, the walleye will drop in the water column, sometimes significantly, looking for their ideal water temperature. Out of the central basin of Lake Erie in Conneaut, Ohio, my home port for Offshore Obsession Sportfishing Charters, most fishermen will use wireline or lead-core to get down deep into the zone where the walleye are lurking. I also use lead-core and wire, but I decided that there had to be other effective ways to get my board lines deeper without the 400 plus feet of line out with wire,...

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