Fishing Articles — Walleye Fishing

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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Hot Weather Options on Michigan’s Steelhead Streams by Robert Gwizdz

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Hot Weather Options on Michigan’s Steelhead Streams by Robert Gwizdz

Michigan’s steelhead streams are as diverse as America itself with one exception: They are all crowded in the spring. From March through May (and even into June during those years when spring arrives late) it’s almost like you have to take a number to get a good hole. During the rest of the steelhead season, which typically begins around the third week of October, the crowds are more subdued, but by no means absent. Catch a warming trend in winter—when the only other angling option is drilling holes in the ice—and you’ll have plenty of company on the better-known rivers....

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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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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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