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Nice Stringers of Fish on New Lakes

Crank in More Walleye on New Bodies of Water

Fishing at your favorite hole can be an enjoyable time, especially if you know every nook and cranny. Sometimes it's nice to mix things up and head out to a new lake to fish. Every body of water is different and finding walleye in an unfamiliar lake can be a challenge.

Taking time to do a little reconnaissance beforehand will increase your chances of catching fish.

A map of the lake you'll be fishing will definitely come in handy. Learn the names of the bays, islands or other landmarks. Spend time getting to know the distinguishable areas like points or river and creek inlets. Be on the lookout for any areas that would be likely hiding spots for walleye; keeping the season you are hitting the water in mind.

A great asset for scooping a new lake is to check out the local bait shop. Look through the tackle to see what types of lures the place is carrying. This will give you an idea on what the locals are using to catch the neighborhood walleye. Take some time to talk up the employees at the store. They are usually full of helpful tidbits about what other anglers are using successfully. They might even be able to point out some good places to try, so be sure to bring your map.

It's important to ask the right questions. Asking how the fishing is will be too broad and not give you the information you need. Instead, ask about the main forage or at what depths the fish are being caught at. These details can help you hone in on the places in the lake as well as determine the best methods to utilize.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it can be helpful to mark off on the lake map a few spots you want to try, regardless of whether others feel this is a hot fishing spot. Oftentimes the locals can be baffled when they see a boat catching fish hand over fist at a spot they never thought could be productive.

Trying to find fish while jockeying a paper map is a challenge in itself. Bringing along a sonar unit or GPS combo will be handy to have when you are ready to hit the water. Cruise the spots you've marked while keeping your eyes on the electronic unit. Active fish will appear different then those that are hugging the bottom of the lake so make sure you know the difference.

Once you have marked a promising group of fish, you will need to decide on which method to employ. Fish that are off the bottom are likely on the hunt and will respond well to bottom bouncers and spinners. Fish that are clinging to structure may need a crankbait to lure them out. Fish that are clinging to the bottom will be the hardest to catch. Choose a slow presentation like jigging to get them interested. A little live bait often goes along way with these types of walleye.

Keep in mind the tackle you spotted at the bait shop. Don't be afraid to give a lure or method that you aren't familiar with a try. Walleye are unpredictable and you might be surprised with the results. If you're not comfortable with something new, stick to the presentation you do best. Sometimes having confidence in your favorite method is enough to hook a walleye in unknown waters.

There is a certain level of comfort that comes from fishing a lake you know. Trying a new place can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. A little research will go a long way in improving your chances of finding the walleye and getting them into the boat.

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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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