At times it can feel exasperating to consistently catch walleyes. There are a plethora of professional fishermen who each have their own secrets, tips, and tactics for serious fishermen hoping to catch more walleyes.
Use fake bait
If you’re fishing in an area that is overrun with small fish try to use plastic worms. When the small fish hit your bait they won’t cause as much damage and you can avoid constantly rerigging.
Mark the location and return later
If your electronics are showing fish, there’s no reason not to believe it. However, after fishing for about 15 minutes in the area if you’re seeing a variety of presentations consider marking the location and trying it again later in the day.
Trolling is the fastest way to cover water. If you’re fishing in a new location narrow down targeted areas and begin trolling there. The most productive technique for walleye fishing in rivers is probably vertical jigging, however, if rain is dirtying the water or there is high wind than the fish can be put off the jig bite. If water conditions are bad try trolling near the bottom. You can use a bottom-bouncing rig and trail a floating minnow or use a three-way swivel and tie a sinker on. Don’t be afraid of using a sinker up to 4 ounces if you’re on a fast-flowing, deep river. Troll upstream and cross current.
Avoid “fishing memories”
Walleye are apex predators and they go wherever the bait is. A common mistake that anglers make is using fishing memories. In many bodies of water, the habit of walleye makes an unpredictable pattern. Trust your electronics to find active walleyes and keep an open mind. It’s very common for walleye to be in one area today and gone tomorrow.
Look for post-spawn walleye in shallow water
Shallow water walleyes can be caught all year long, but especially in the springtime and early summer. In waters that warm up the quickest the post-spawn are ready to feed. Keep the bait away from the boat an increase cadence slowly as the water warms.
Weed beds hold lots of walleyes, particularly in clear-water, shallow lakes. Run baits over the top, stalling in holes in the weeds. Jerk floating or diving minnows along the outside edges. If you happen to catch a pike or a bass you probably won’t be disappointed.