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Wild Winter Walleyes
Why Winter is a Great Time to Walleye Fish


In the wintertime, half of the challenge is finding the walleyes but once you know that they are there, it's simply a matter of finding a technique, which is going to bring them in. Also be aware that as fun as it can be, winter fishing can also be dangerous so always be aware of weather forecasts and make sure someone knows where you are.

In the freezing cold water of winter, walleye become very sluggish and inactive preserving their energy. They favor areas of structure and obstruction where they can remain still and in hiding for most of the day.




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Walleye eat most kinds of small fish and once their prey comes into sight they will dash out from behind their chosen obstacle, grab the fish and then return to the hiding place.

Such obstructions may be in the form of rocks, depressions in the river floor, fallen timber or bridge legs. Behind these obstacles, there will be slack water, which the fish prefer as they are able to take a break from fighting the current. Therefore the best place to begin looking for walleye in winter is around those kinds of obstructions and underwater structure. Breaks in the current may also occur around islands or rocky areas.

Another good place to start looking in winter is against the bank on the side of the river that is cast in sunshine. The water here will be slightly warmer, which will attract baitfish and wall eye a like. Baitfish tend to be found near the surface so it is most likely that some hungry walleye will be found here too.

As the walleye are fairly lazy this time of year they wont go for just anything like they are known to do at other times of the year. Therefore it is best to use as realistic a lure as possible and actually live bait will probably be the most successful method.

A 1/8th ounce jig tipped with a fathead or river shiner minnow should do the trick. Let it settle and drift along with the flow of the current in an attempt to mimic its natural behaviour as much as possible.

It may also be necessary to attach an additional hook as their low energy levels in the cold water means that they bite lighter than usual. Try and area for a few attempts but if nothing happens move on to a new area that looks like a potential area for walleye.

Another piece of advice when it comes to winter walleye fishing is that if you know the waters well, have fished for walleye before and are already aware of some walleye hot spots then don't forget to check there in winter. The chances are the school will still be in the general area so it is a good a place as any to start. Wherever you decide to go winter fishing, make sure it is safe and ask in the local tackle and bait shop if they can offer you any tips on fishing in the area.




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