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Casting for Walleye

Where, When and How to Cast for Walleye

One of the many advantages to casting is that it allows for experimentation with various lures, which can be almost impossible when trolling from a moving boat. Casting holds advantage when feeding walleye are lurking amongst weeds, as use of a jig or split-shot rig will mostly avoid snagging and will still catch well.

A plain walleye jig should be all that you need when the fish are biting, but when the feeding is quiet tipping with live bait will regain the interest of nearby walleye. Because of the variety of weights available, jigs make an excellent choice for anyone fishing for walleye as they can be used effectively at varying depths. When using a jig presentation the strike of a walleye can be eluding, this is because they inhale the bait as the jig is falling to the bottom rather than on the upwards tugging motion.

When fishing with jigs strikes can be more readily detected by using a fast action rod paired with the lightest possible line for walleye. Using a fluorescent line will also help in detecting subtle twitches which may go unnoticed on a clear monofilament line. This combination will make strikes on the fall or retrieval more noticeable, a useful advantage for the rookie walleye fisher.

You don't have to be on shore to cast for walleye. Positioning your boat close to the breakline by drifting, and then casting into the shallows is also an effective method. Be sure to anchor up wind at a distance and allow the wind to push your drift toward shore, as any unnecessary motor noise will ultimately spook any walleye close by.

If you find that you are not getting any bites, simply position your boat about 20 yards to the right or left and try casting just as before, and work the jig back towards you. When you get a walleye keep on working that area until they stop biting, then it is best to move on.

Whether on shore or by boat let us not forget the use of crankbaits. They can be used to cover a large area of water quite quickly, and due to their excellent visibility in the water and their action on retrieval will attract a lot of fish.

The effectiveness of crankbait can be increased by matching the profile of the bait to the most abundant walleye food source. For instance if the area is teeming with shad then a shad profile bait would prove the best and most obvious choice. Crankbait work well with long casts which helps when seeking out hidden lurkers, although it is important to realise that crankbait will work at their best when cast near to structures or anything that provides the walleye with cover, and it is here where casting excels.

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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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