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Backtrolling Secrets

Snag Walleye With This Strategy

Walleye are notoriously unpredictable fish, and the only thing that can be predicted is that the fish will usually follow certain migration and feeding patterns. During the day, especially if it is sunny or hot, the Walleye will sink deeper into the water under the thermocline where it is cooler. Underwater structures are also a great location for Walleye at certain times. Walleye can be quite lazy, especially at certain times of the day or year, so presentation is everything if you want them to move and take your lure. This is where backtrolling can be very helpful.

One backtrolling secret for Walleye fishing concerns structures. This is a prime hangout spot for Walleye, and successfully catching these fish means being able to place the bait precisely, and keep it exactly where you want it. When backtrolling, make sure to set up on any structure with the wind at your back, and the back of the boat. This will stop the wind from blowing you sideways or off your intended course. This technique may not always be possible, depending on the structure shape or contour directions, but if you can set up with your back against the wind you will be much more effective at catching Walleye.

Depth finders are another backtrolling secret. A depth finder will allow you to keep an eye on the depth you are fishing, and the underwater layout. While backtrolling, pay close attention to the the depth finder. If you start moving into shallower water, move the boat back out some. If the depth finder shows that the bottom contours are dropping off, you can move the boat in some to correct the problem. This will allow you to keep your lure at the desired depth, making an attractive presentation that is traveling at just the right speed to tempt the Walleye.

Speed control is a very important aspect of backtrolling. If you are moving too fast the lure will not attract the Walleye sufficiently because it will go by too rapidly to tempt the fish, and if the presentation is moving too slow it is not as likely to get the attention of the fish and make them want to pursue it. Find the depth where the Walleye are suspended at, and then adjust your backtrolling methods to meet the specific circumstances. Keep a very tight position in relation to any structures that you are fishing. The lure that you are using should ideally be close to vertical while backtrolling. If the angle is too wide on the line it may not be possible to keep the bait location fixed and controlled as you backtroll. Control your speed carefully, use the right lure for the conditions, and use these backtrolling tips to stay on top of the Walleye and ge their attention. Backtrolling can be a very effective way of significantly increasing your success when it comes to catching Walleye if it is done correctly.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

Walleye Fishing Secrets Student Shares an Awesome Catch


Here's a 25 inch walleye caught at Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The picture is a great memento for me.

I caught it drifting. We caught it amongst some smaller ones that ended up on the dinner table.

Your advice was helpful in making my trip successful. Thank you!"

- Russell K.

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