Walleye Fishing Pro-Tips
Keep in mind that in springtime walleye will take almost any bait or lure, but these need special consideration through the summer months. Guides use a variety of techniques and strategies during this time.
For those on a fishing vacation, the equipment for fishing walleyes can also be kept simple. For jigging a 6’ to 6’-10” medium to medium light St. Croix spinning rod with a 1000-2000 series Shimano or Abu spinning reel, use a #6-8 mono or #15-20 braid with a 3’ floro leader. This also applies to rigging a 7’ to 7’-6” medium light rod with the same reel/line options. For trolling, many like a 7’ to 8’-6” medium-medium light rod with a level wind line counter reel loaded with a 10# mono, 14-17# fireline, or a 20-30# braid (both with 10-12# floro leaders).
One of the best things about fishing for walleye is also that your tackle box can be kept quite simple. When getting ready to head out on the water, make sure you have a combination of Jigs, Lindy and/or Carolina Rigs, Spinner Rigs and Crankbaits.
Plan to carry a variety of jigs in weights from 1/8 to 3/8 ounces in colors like blue, black, chartreuse, and shiny lead. Our expert fishermen prefer the Bait Rigs Odd’Ball stand up jig for most rock and reef applications and the Slo Poke for weed and grass presentations. Good hooks and stand-up or hook-up designs increase hooking percentages and success.
For one rod that can do all, a 7’ medium light spinning rod with a 2000 series spinning reel, an 8# floro carbon, mono, or 15-20# braid will get you by on a vacation fishing trip. If you are flying commercially and want to save the hassle of extra baggage and fees, or you just simply don’t have the proper gear for a specific species, Andy Myers Lodge and its pro staff sponsored guides have top quality St Croix rods, as well as Shimano and Abu reels available for your use.
While walleye can be caught using both live bait and artificial bait, we recommend topping your jigs with minnows, leeches, or crawlers, depending on when, where you’re fishing, and current conditions. Be sure to include in your arsenal some plastics such as kalins grubs, flukes, and Berkley Gulp because on many days you are sure to run out of live bait as the action can be so hot.
For the more adventurous, night fishing is often when trophy walleye are caught. However, keep in mind that trolling at night requires care and preparation. Be sure to locate your minnows while it is still bright!
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