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Delving in for Deep Water Walleyes

Pulling them in from Out of the Deep

Walleye fishing is always a challenging adventure. When the walleyes go into deep water that changes the fishing experience to a new level of difficulty. Pulling a large, wide-eyed fish into the boat is not impossible, but you may need to tweak and evolve your methods in order to get them on the hook.

Most of the walleye that are in deeper waters will be females. These trophy-sized ladies seek sanctuary where the water is cooler, the light less penetrating, and the forage fish bigger. Bigger fish need a lot of nutrients to maintain their systems and can't afford to waste energy chasing smaller baitfish. Finding the bigger baitfish is the first step to finding the walleyes.

How deep is deep is often bandied about by anglers. Typically deep-water walleye are found in depths from 25 to 40 feet, but it isn't out of the ordinary for them to be found 65 to 80 feet down. An accurate depth finder will be your best friend when looking for walleye at these depths. Take the time to score the body of water you are fishing with an eye on the sonar. Look for large schools of fish and mark what depth they are suspending at. Suspended walleye are not always eager to bite, so higher concentrations of fish will increase you odds of hooking a fish.

Keep an eye out for points that extend from the shore and stretch out into deep water. Forage fish like these spots because they over both food and protection. Walleye like them because they can trap the baitfish against the edges, making their meal easier to catch. Bottom bouncers combined with live bait work great on shore points. Work the bait slowly and keep it in the strike zone as much as possible, but make sure your bottom bouncer is making contact.

Nightcrawlers, leeches, and Redtail chubs are all popular choices that will often yield a good response. Creek chubs are another good option because they have the size that is tempting to big, hungry walleyes. Often, they will get more frantic when walleye are about, so keep an eye on the line. A creek chub can last for hours if carefully hooked through the lips.

Bottom bouncers and other similar methods can incite suspended walleye in open waters. If the fish are being extra resistant to your attempts, the 3-Way Swivel Rig may save your fishing excursion. Set up your rig with a 6-pound line and a 3-way swivel. This weight of line is preferable to thicker ones because it produces less friction and makes finding the bottom easier. Add a 3-foot lead with a 1 to 2 ounce sinker to keep your lure in the target zone. The lure is attached to the swivel with a 5 to 6 foot lead, but choose one that doesn't sink.

Make sure you keep a straight path when trolling with this rig. Let the line out until your sinker hits bottom, then reel a foot up. Balancing your trolling speed is key to making this rig work. You need to go fast enough that your lure is tempting, but not so fast that the lazy walleyes let it breeze by.

Walleyes that are hiding out in deep water can be a challenge to catch, but well worth the effort to haul into the boat. Putting in the effort to find and tempt them can pay off in a big way. Delving into deep waters can yield a walleye worth talking about.

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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.

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