Andrew Martinsen's Walleye Fishing Update


Fishing for Walleye in Higher than Normal Wind
Use Boat Control & Safety and Bring in Walleyes


Fishing for walleye in high wind situations is not a walk in the park…or…a swim in the river if you will. In fact, windy walleye fishing is dangerous if you don't take the proper precautions before heading out on the water.

You should preferably use a bow mount trolling motor that looks like it's too big for you boat. The shaft should be a minimum length of 60 inches to reduce bounce, and your motor should have lots of power.




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A 16 to 17 foot boat will require a 24-volt battery system, and anything longer will require a 36-volt system. Also, look for a kicker motor with low-end torque and an over sized windsock or two.

Once your boat is completely outfitted for choppy water, you'll need to find out where the walleye are hiding. If you're fishing in open water, the walleye will be very close to the bottom. They may also be hiding in rivers and protected bays, and a fantastic place to look first is on the off wind side of underwater objects and structures (If you want to get fancy, it's called the lee side). The fish will more than likely gather here to take advantage of any food that may be swirling around the object brought in by the current. Want a foolproof way to find them? Look into getting a GPS fish finder system. It's easier than guessing, and helps you find those under objects a little better.

Once you find a good spot, your lures need to combat the fish's low visibility due to sediment getting stirred up in the choppy water. This means you'll have to use a rattle and super bright bait so the fish can find it easier. Want to make your experience even better? Set the bait right on top of the fish, and upsize your weights for any jigs, sinker, or bottom bouncers you may be using. Upsizing the weights will help keep them in place even though the water is moving swiftly.

While you now know what you need and where to find walleye, the most important thing to know is how to control your boat in windy situations. Avoid trolling against the wind. Instead, go with the wind and slow down your boat by back trolling or running your trolling motor in reverse. Use your oversized bow mount to steer and your kicker to control your speed if the wind is blowing you into underwater objects and structures. Another thing you could use is an anchor on both ends of the boat to hold you down in open water.

If you're not comfortable with fishing in the wind, or you don't have the right equipment to keep your boat in control, you may just want to stay on the shoreline and wait for better conditions.




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