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Walleyes and Reservoirs
Catching Walleye in Shallow Reservoirs


You have cruised around the lake and marked every promising spot that the fish finder beeped at. You know the lay of the land, so to speak, and are ready to fish for some walleye. Now, how are you going to do it?

Small reservoirs usually have speed restrictions so high speed trolling is not an option. This doesn't mean that trolling is completely out. You just need to utilize a form that works best in slow waters.




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Long line trolling is ideal for shallow reservoirs. This method will help you find the structures where the walleye are hiding. You can cover a large area and stop quickly once you find the fish.

Keep you boat within casting range of the spots you are targeting. You will want to stop and start fishing an area before the walleye move on. Drifting off course may be a big problem; boat control is the key to success.

If the walleye are hiding in the weeds, you can still use long lining to reach them. Attach a minnow shaped diver plug or night crawler harness to your line. Let out about one hundred fifty feet of line and troll directly over the weed line. Try to make occasional contact to the weeds with your lure. This will incite the walleye to strike. This method has particular success during night time fishing excursions.

Jigs and crankbaits usually do well for low speed trolling. Most spinners don't do that well because you are not going fast enough for them to work right. When you are fishing shallow reservoirs, stick with jigs.

Jigs should be as light as possible. There is a formula to use in order to determine what weight will work best. Multiply an ounce by each ten feet of depth that you are fishing. This should give you the right size to select.

Bottom bouncing also works well in shallow reservoirs. Tie on a crankbait or plain hook about four feet below the bottom bouncer. If you are using a plain hook you might want to add some live bait to make it more appetizing.

Lower the line until the bottom bouncer makes contact with the lake floor. The bottom bouncer will make an up and down motion as your reel that the walleye will find hard to resist. Casting also works with bottom bouncers but you don't want the rig to drag.

Sometimes, Mother Nature can make spinner baits a deadly tool. Any waves or wind speed can be enough to make the spinner work properly. Walleye don't normally experience spinners so the novelty may be just enough to hook them.

Sometimes trolling just isn't an option. An angler can then switch to wading or shoreline fishing. These methods work really well in shallow reservoirs because you can get to where the fish are hiding out. Even with these methods, you need to slow it down.

If you are wading in, try to go slow and quietly. Give the fish time to settle back down once you have gotten close enough. Walleye will usually return to a good spot if you are patient.

Shallow reservoir walleye are ready and waiting for a meal. They are easily spooked so take your time. A little practice and patience will have you pulling out walleye in no time.




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