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Small River Walleye Excitement
Catching More Walleyes in Smaller Rivers


The mention of walleye will immediately bring trolling in mind to many anglers, but the thrill of casting for walleye on small rivers should not be overlooked.

With a little homework and a lot of patience, finding that river walleye hot spot is well within reach. Below are some top tips professional anglers swear by for catching trophy-worthy river walleye.




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River Conditions

Depth, current and water clarity are all major factors that affect the distribution and concentrations of walleye. They will favor still waters, so high waters and raging currents will not be attractive conditions. At times like these walleye will seek refuge in slackwater areas, so waiting till the current has slowed down is the more sensible option. Water level is a major factor as high levels with current breaks attract baitfish that will bring in nearby walleye. If water levels suddenly rise or fall, it is important that you fish walleye in a vertical motion. With murky waters the walleye will be shallow more often due to decreased visibility, returning to deeper water as visibility improves although they will remain in close proximity to shallows.

Hiding Places

Walleye like to lie along shallow holes when active, whilst resting walleye will be right down in the basin. The mouths of feeder streams can often offer plenty of action as heavy rains will wash fresh food and water into the river. A good rule of thumb when casting shallows is to stick to a depth of 2 - 3 foot at most and cast your bait upstream so that it was naturally flow downstream, as river fish generally face into the current to feed and this action will mimic a wounded bug or minnow. If walleye are lazily lurking in an eddy try presenting a slip-bobber with a minnow a little above the bottom.

Tools and Techniques

Hard baits, jigs and slip-bobber rigs all catch river walleye well, with jigs being the most popular. Working your jigs across the current and so that they are moving downstream will imitate help to avoid snagging on shallow weed beds. You will also want to keep your rod tip pointed at the water's surface which aids detection of softer strikes on the bait. Round head jigs work well for most casting and vertical jigging situations. Keeping a few other jig styles handy is always advisable for adjusting to changing conditions and walleye concentrations. Bladed jigs add flash and extra vibrations, while the shape of a ball jig will help it sit right with the hook pointing upward for easier walleye slurping, delivering high hook-up rates. If you intend on wading then find yourself a good spot and remain there for a few minutes while fan casting the area before moving on as this will help prevent spooking the fish. If you are still and quiet enough you may find walleye hitting the bait right at your very feet. Live bait rigs will tempt even the most fussy fish, with crawler and minnow rigs proving most deadly. If you are using worms combining with a floating jig head works well.




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