Techniques for Fishing Walleye
Trolling for Walleye:
- Vary your speed – troll faster when fish are aggressive. Note: Trolling faster also allows you to cover more water as well.
- Long rods with planer boards are a good idea to keep your lure out of your wake path. Planer boards also make it easier to manage multiple rigs.
- Concentrate your efforts along the first break line and work your way out as success declines.
- Running crawler harnesses with bottom bouncing sinkers off your planer boards often works well.
Trolling for Walleye - Crawler Harnesses:
- Leader Line: Use a long leader (about 5 ft) of reliable line that is relatively transparent. 12 to 20lb test fluorocarbon is a good choice.
- Hooks: Be sure to go with bait holder hooks to keep your crawler hanging. Number 2 is recommended.
- Beads: Use beads to add mass, attract fish, and enhance action. Remember not to string any beads down the line of the clevis so you don’t disrupt the spinner.
- Clevis: Use a quick change clevis.
- Blades: Small no. 4 or no. 5 Colorado Blades
- Bead / blade colors: Red /silver, orange /chartreuse, chartreuse /chartreuse beads
- Bottom Bouncers: Use a bottom bouncer (typically 4 – 6 oz). A bottom bouncer is basically a lead weight bounced along the bottom ahead of your harness. Bottom bouncers provide many advantages they:
- Keep your harness trailing close to bottom.
- Stir up the silt and bottom debris which attracts the walleyes.
- Minimize snags as they keep your harness from dragging the bottom.
- Provide an effective “stop and go” presentation with every bounce.
Note: When using bottom bouncers, be sure you match the weight and speed so that it bounces!