Fishing Articles — Walleye Fishing

Power Jigging Walleyes by Matt Straw

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Power Jigging Walleyes by Matt Straw

In wavy seas a side-finding sonar screen circles your face. Somebody has to stare at it. No lines out. Just watching. The boat path forms sine waves over a basin flat in a search pattern taking us off structure. Way off. No man’s land. “There’s one,” says walleye guide Tony Roach as he seems to throw the boat into reverse and pitch back in the general direction of the mark at the same time. Fire drill. For me, standing and pitching at the same time—in waves—is hard enough. Roach is working a Northland Puppet Minnow. I have on a Rapala...

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Great Lakes Trolling - Making it Simple & Fun by Darryl Choronzey

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Great Lakes Trolling - Making it Simple & Fun by Darryl Choronzey

The magic words… “Fish On!” came screaming out from John McKessock’s lips. My rod was pumping and bucking. The Ambassadeur was screaming and moaning. John jumped for his rod to get the gear out the way. I threw the motor into neutral and I freed and hauled back on my rod. The big king 90 feet under the boat was obviously annoyed with the sting of the 2/0 Mustad barb buried firmly in his jaw. First the brute headed for safety going deep, then would turn tail, rise and begin heading towards the horizon. From the minute I grabbed the...

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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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