Andrew Martinsen's Walleye Fishing Update


Meeting a Walleye's Speed Requirements
Finding the Best Trolling Speed


Trolling walleye waters is a great way to get the fish out of the water and into the well. Effective trolling requires practice and an awareness of what is going on in the world below the boat. Anglers that learn when to slow down and when to crank it up, have the best chance of hooking a walleye.




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The best trolling speed depends on a variety of factors, but season is certainly a main one to keep in mind. Between late spring and early summer, most walleye are done with spawning and ready to get back to eating. They will still be tired and less likely to chase down bait that looks too hard to catch. Keeping speeds low is the best plan during this season.

Summertime changes matter because as the days heat up, so does the aggressiveness of the walleye. This is peak buffet season and the fish won't be as hesitant to chase down a tasty morsel. Anglers can get away with much faster speeds.

So what are the best trolling speeds? That will depend on the presentation you decide to go with. When it comes to trolling, one of the go-to presentations is a crawler harness. This rig system blends bait and blades that provides a lot of action to tempt to walleye. Most blades work best when worked with speeds between .5 and 1.5 mph.

Crankbaits are also excellent tools to enlist when trolling. Typically crankbaits are designed to reach optimal performance around 2 mph, but they can still be effective when used at speeds between 1.5 and 3 mph. Some anglers have even gone as high as 4 mph with good results. Trolling at this speed requires crankbaits that are perfectly tuned so that they cut through the water true and natural. Walleye bite also needs to be aggressive and it helps if the weather is holding steady. An incoming change in the weather will negate the potential of fast trolling.

Higher trolling speeds can also be utilized on rivers in conjunction with the current. Typically anglers troll a patch, working against the current. Once their run is completed, they will head back downstream to set up for another pass. This way is tried and tested, but there is another option. If the fish are hitting the bait hard, anglers can try making the run with the current. In order to ensure the crankbait is moving properly, trolling speed needs to be increased to around 3 and 4 mph to balance out the effect of water flow on the bait.

No matter the season or bait, effective trolling requires the ability to adapt. The aforementioned speeds are simply a starting point. Walleye can be temperamental on any given day. If they don't take the bait at one speed, anglers need to be willing to change it. Low and slow is a good rule of thumb for walleye fishing, but it isn't always going to work. Some days, safely trolling at the upper speeds is what gets the walleyes to strike and in the boat. So mix it up, stay safe and have fun on the water!




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