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Late Summer Walleyes

Helpful Hints to Get Walleye to take the Bait

Walleye fishing during the later part of summer can be less than satisfactory for several reasons. The warmer temperatures and intense sunlight make the walleye go deeper in search of relief. They tend to suspend near the bottom or deep within cover, which can make them harder to reach.

Walleye will typically be the most active early and late in the day, making this the ideal time to be on the water. Winds can also be beneficial because they cool down the water and waves can decrease the light penetration. Overcast days are some of the most productive days to fish, especially if you are on the water right before a storm blows in.

When they aren't hiding from the light and heat, walleye are on the constant move during the summer. Baitfish are busy bulking up on the underwater forage and hungry walleye will follow them. This makes it harder for the eager angler to locate their target fish.

A good quality fish finder is the best tool to have on board during late summer walleye fishing. Walleye can often be found as deep as a hundred feet down in some lakes, so better electronics increase the odds of locating the fish. Some units allow the user to mark GPS points when they find concentrations of fish. This can be really useful if you are patrolling a large structure in search of some elusive walleyes. Spend time cruising over structures, transition points and break lines before dropping any bait into the water.

Late summer is also prime time for the food chain. Down below, it is a bountiful buffet of bugs, baitfish and other edible creatures. Since the selection is so good, walleye can afford to be finicky. Larger concentrations of fish are usually more competitive and more willing to go after your offering.

Keep size and speed in mind when hunting for walleye in the late summer. Natural baitfish have gotten bigger and faster since the spring so your presentation needs to match. Minnows that are three to four inches are good producers if you are jigging. Upgrade to five to six inch minnows if you are rigging.

If you are using jigs, go with heavier weights like 3/8s and 1/2s. These weights help the lure stay true in its descent. Once you hit bottom, jig with a sweeping motion, pause and repeat the action. Walleye will often strike when you raise the jig the second time, so be prepared to set the hook.

During the late summer months, walleye respond positively to speed. Trolling spinners is very successful this time of year. If the walleye are sitting deep in the water, add a bottom bouncer in order to get the bait down to the fish's level. Bouncers in the two to three ounce range work well and allow you to keep the bait close to the boat.

Keeping the bait close at hand is key to presentations this time of year. It gives you flexibility to move the bait throughout the water column. You can drop it down just above those walleye sitting at the bottom or pull it up to snag any fish sitting high in the water. Keep you spinner snells short, about three feet or less, because longer lenghts increase drops and lead to more snags.

Fishing for walleye in the late summer requires a lot of patience. Taking the time to locate the fish is the key to any angler's success. Being willing to play with presentations and approaches can help make summertime fishing a little easier.

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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.

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