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Walleyes and Oligotrophic Lakes

Ways to Catch Walleyes in Oligotrophic Lakes

The remote location and shimmering water of oligotrophic lakes often look like a post card to the passerby. To the angler, oligotrophic lakes are a great place to find some untested walleye.

Since the beds of these lakes are mostly gravel or rock, they provide ideal spawning grounds for walleye. Come spring cast your eyes and your bait toward the shallow shorelines. Walleye will congregate in these areas to do what nature intended.

Floating minnow plugs will often cause a stir when cast above and beyond the area you are targeting. Although walleye have other things on their mind, they won't pass up an easy meal. Make sure that you retrieve slowly. Add some tips and tugs to your line to give the lure a distressed appearance.

Sometimes in-line spinners can be useful. Walleye don't normally see this type so the novelty may be just enough to incite a strike. Dusk and dawn are the optimal times to be on the lake fishing for walleye.

Lead head jigs are almost always a sure bet with walleye and should be part of your arsenal. Choose a plastic body and bounce it along whatever structure that the walleye are hiding in. It shouldn't take long to get a taker.

You can also use heavy jigs in order to reach the deeper fish. Don't go too heavy. Walleye will often take and spit out heavier jigs before you even feel the first twitch. One ounce per ten feet of depth should give you a good weight to use.

As water temperatures go up, the walleye and baitfish go deeper. Walleye prefer darker and cooler water for most of the day. Flicker blades in gold, chartreuse and neon orange can do amazing things to attract walleye attention since they are easy to see.

Lindy rigs, walking sinkers and bobbers can all be effective for reaching deeper walleye. Slip bobbers normally can be used to reach fish up to thirty feet down. Some lively bait dancing on your line is going to make almost any walleye strike.

Leeches, minnows or night crawlers are the most effective live baits for walleye. There are two things to keep in mind. First, natural food sources have grown since summer; your bait should also be bigger in order to mimic the food walleye know.

Second, you are depending on the bait to do most of the work. Make sure you keep it in good shape prior to baiting your line. Check on the bait once it is in the water. If the fish aren't biting, your bait may not be moving anymore.

Fall turnover opens the fishing waters way up. As the cooler and warmer water mix, thermoclines disappear. For a time, all of the lake is well oxygenated. This means that the walleye can be anywhere.

You may have the best luck fishing during the prime feeding times. Walleye will feed around steeper slopes versus the shallow ones they used during spawning. This makes it easier to fetch a snack and get deeper quickly.

Oligotrophic lakes pose a few challenges for the walleye angler. There are less walleye available and the clear water makes them harder to sneak up on. With a little patience, any angler can catch a walleye worth writing home 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.

I caught it drifting. We caught it amongst some smaller ones that ended up on the dinner table.

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