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Andrew Martinsen's Walleye Fishing Update

Shoreline Walleye Fishing Enjoyment

Enjoy Nature and Fish for Walleye from Shore

Casting from shore is such a relaxing and fun way to fish for walleye. There is nothing like the sights, sounds and smells of nature combined with the convenience of being able to drop your line in quickly from the shoreline with minimal setup.

Shoreline fishing for walleyes is a great way to get your fix without the hassle of managing a vessel. There are plenty of opportunities to get walleye from the shoreline and plus it's a lot of fun.

Springtime is spawn time and walleyes will enter the shallow areas with sand or gravel base in order to do their part of ensuring the continuation of the species. Males will mostly populate the spawning beds since the females don't enter the shallows until they are ready to lay their eggs. These males might be small, but they will be aggressive and will strike most anything. Jigs are great to utilize this time of year. A 1/8 oz or ? oz jig in white, green, yellow or black is usually sufficient enough. You can add a bit of worm, but most of the time the males will bite anything that gets too close.

The larger females will hide out in the in weed beds, structures, or transition zones just beyond the spawning beds. Females are less aggressive this time of year, but they still will eat. Casting jigs in these zones is your best bet for catching a larger lady. Keep it low and slow as you retrieve. Food isn't foremost on female minds this time of year, so you may have to move up to a shallow running crankbait. Adding action can be enough incentive for a walleye lurking in the deeper water.

Once spawning is done, walleye will move to deeper waters seeking food, shade, and cooler temperatures. That doesn't mean you have to hang up you tackle. There are still plenty of shoreline options.

Spillways and tailraces are great places to fish for walleye from the shore. These overflow areas provide walleyes with cool, oxygenated water and plenty of food. These waters can be turbulent, so you will need to pick a lure that is large, snag-resistant and gives off vibration. Dark colors are best because they are easier for walleye to spot.

Swimbaits are a good choice for this type of water. The current often blows crankbaits off balance, making them look less natural in the water. Make a long cast toward the face of the spillway and allow the current to take the bait downstream. Give the bait time to sink before starting the retrieve. Swimbaits work best when retrieved through the mid-water column, so resist the urge to have the bait constantly contact the bottom. Opt for a heavier braid of line, like a 15 to 30 lb range, because they are thick enough to diminish snag losses without sacrificing sensitivity.

Another place to that shoreline anglers may want to try are seawalls, break walls, or pier heads. These narrow passageways often have currents and plenty of food options for migrating walleye. They are also hard to navigate with a boat.

These areas need a lure with a lot of vibration like a bladebait. Cast the lure out from the wall at a 45-degree angle and let the current bring it back. Start hopping the lure once it is is parallel, allowing it to flutter down. Most strikes will happen then. Some walls are five to six feet above the water, so make sure you bring along a long handled net.

Shoreline fishing can be a great way to catch walleye without a lot of fuss. Sometimes you can even get to fish that other anglers can't without ever getting onto the water.

Another great thing about fishing from the banks is that depending on where you're fishing, you can hit up multiple bodies of water in one day very easily. The next body of water is possibly only a drive or a hike away.

Enjoy the natural surroundings when you fish from shore, and have fun fishin'!

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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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.

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