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On the Edge of the Walleye

Better Walleye Fishing from the Shore

Most walleye fishing happens from a boat. Some walleye are hard to reach any other way. That doesn't mean that the shore bound angler is completely out of luck. There are times when an angler can forget the boat and still get a nice walleye.

Spring is probably the best time of year for the shoreline angler. Walleye come out from the deep in search of ideal spawning sites. Preferred spawning beds are in shallow waters that have gravel or sandy bottoms. They are also typically adjacent to a drop off or deeper water.

During spring, the males are the primary targets. They aggressively patrol the beds as they wait for the females to come into the beds. The presentation this time of year can be fairly aggressive.

Cast the bait just beyond the spawning bed and retrieve it with a medium speed. Don't be afraid to vary the speed. The walleye in these areas are pretty aggressive and will strike at just about anything.

Typically the females will stay just out of the beds until they are ready to lay eggs. Targeting these walleye requires a little more finesse. If it is possible to cast into the deeper waters, make sure the retrieval is slow. The walleye ladies will take the bait but not as quickly as their male counterparts.

As spring fades into summer, shoreline fishing becomes more of a challenge. Walleye will head deeper in order to escape the light and heat. Look for thick weed beds or structures near the shore. Walleye will often hide out in these spots during the day.

Breaks are another prime spot to look for walleye in. Breaks are calmer spots then the rest of the water. Walleye like to hold up in breaks and wait for the current to carry a meal by. Bends in lakes or rivers also can be used the same way.

The best way to fish a break is to cast upstream. Let the current carry the bait back down. This makes the bait move much more naturally. A hungry walleye is more likely to go after something that looks like the real thing.

Night fishing is probably the best time for a shoreline angler. Walleye will come in from the deep just as dusk settles. They will feed aggressively until dark and then take a break. After a few hours, the activity will pick up until dawn.

Target shallow beds where forage fish like to go. Keep the presentation slow and high in the water. Walleye attack from the bottom. They use the light difference in the sky to detect their prey. Dark colors can help make the bait's silhouette stand out against the night sky.

In the fall, shoreline fishing can be more hit and miss. Most fish are on the move as cover begins to die. This can make it hard to reach them from the shore. Walleye females can be the exception. They need to stock up on reserves in order to produce next season's eggs. They can often be found feeding in the shallows throughout the day.

Again, the presentation needs to be slow and steady. Opt for larger bait or lures this time of year. Walleye are more likely to exert the energy if the potential meal is more substantial.

Shoreline fishing can be a great start for a new angler or a nice break for an angler with limited time. Shoreline fishing for walleye doesn't require a lot of gear in order to be successful. Patience and a plan are mandatory if a shoreline angler wants to hook a nice fish.

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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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