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Gameplanning Temperature Fluctuations

Having a Plan to Catch Walleye No Matter What the Temperature is Doing

As one season fades into another, the mercury on the thermometer will rise or fall accordingly. Walleye are sensitive to the effects of changing temperatures on their environment and will adjust accordingly. Having a plan of action that takes the weather into consideration will make you a successful walleye catcher all year long.

As the ice finally ebbs and the water starts to warm, walleye will begin to converge on spawning areas. They will hold up in holes or in the deeper drop-offs neighboring the gravel beds. Pre-spawn walleye are hungry from a long winter's rest, but not yet distracted by the process of reproduction.

Spawning kicks off when the water temperatures reach the mid-forties consistently. The males will move into the shallow gravel or rock beds and await the females. These walleye can be fairly aggressive and will go after just about anything. The big females will only enter the spawning grounds when they are ready to lay eggs. They will hold up just beyond the beds and aren't likely to go for just anything. Keep your presentations slow and steady, focusing on keeping the bait at eye level. The big walleye may go for you bait, but they don't want to work too hard for it.

Once the spawn is over, the action will pick up as the walleye seek sustenance. Emerging weed beds and structures are good places to scoop. The forage fish will also be on the hunt for food and where they go, walleye are sure to follow. Mid-sixties seem to be the magic temperature for walleyes and they'll be less picky than normal. Just about any presentation will work, but try to match the size of the forage fish. Play around with speeds of trolling or retrieval to see what the walleye prefer.

As summer heats up, the walleye action will cool down. The fish will go into deeper waters or deeper into the vegetation. They will be most active in the morning or early evening throughout the night and can be found in shallower waters as they try to fill their bellies. By mid-day, most walleye will be seeking cover in deeper waters. You can be more aggressive in the morning or twilight with your presentations, but things really need to slow down when the sun is at its peak. Take the time to determine which depth the active fish are suspending at. Target that area with a slow, steady presentation that puts the bait right at eyelevel for the fish. Play around with colors, action and size because the slightest change sometimes makes the biggest difference.

As waters cool down to the fifties, the thermals that kept walleye out of certain regions of the water column fall apart. This means that the fish can be found just about anywhere. Look for walleye around deep rock piles or in deeper areas than you tried all season. Bug hatches are big draws for walleye as they try to stock up for winter.

Once the water hits thirty or below, the walleye activity hits an all-time loll. Slow presentations with smaller bait will be the most successive. Trolling and casting aren't going to yield the same results as warmer months. Slip bobbers and jigs paired with live bait are going to work better. Walleye bite is more sluggish this time of year, so add a stinger hook to keep the fish from dining and dashing.

Walleye fishing can happen no matter what the temperature. Knowing how the heat and cold affect walleye behavior will help you formulate a plan of action. You can catch walleye all year long if you are willing to change with the temperature.

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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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