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Seeking out Walleye with Swimbaits

Tips to Using these Popular Baits

There are two main types of swimbaits. The first style is unrigged and usually teamed with a darter. In order for this type to move properly in the water, they need to be rigged straight. Place a drop of adhesive on the jig head and push the plastic tightly against it. Adding a dollop of soft bait glue will keep the swimbait in place even after it takes a few hits.

The second type of swimbait is ready to be fished right out of the package. The lead head is molded into the plastic, so rigging isn't necessary. This type eliminates the concern that the bait is not rigged properly and is an excellent option for newbie anglers.

The soft plastic material of a swimbait literally squishes in the walleyes mouth, giving a realistic feel that other hard bait can't duplicate. Some even are juiced which can encourage the walleye to keep its grip on the bait. Swimbaits come in a plethora of colors and range from three to six inches in size.

The color palate of swimbaits make it easy for any angler to match the look of the natural baitfish in the water. Bright colors are best suited for low-visibility waters. Some brands even have internal iridescent colors for added flash and flare.

The way a swimbait moves in the water is what makes it so appealing. The paddletails play a starring role in the function of this bait. These appendages are wide, which causes the lure to move the water, wobble and create noise. As the tail sways to and fro, it reflects light giving the realistic image of a swimming baitfish.

Swimbaits can be used to cover more water, which places the odds in your favor. It is important to keep the lure moving along in order to take advantage of the built-in action. Keep the bait at a steady pace for five to ten feet, pause and then move along again. If you are working the bottom of the water body, give the swimbait time to make contact with the floor on hesitations.

Swimbaits can also be used when vertical jigging. Drop the lure down to where the fish are holding out; a fish finder will help pinpoint these stationary groups. Lift the bait about two feet up and let it drop about a foot back. Be prepared to set the hook, because most walleye will strike on the pause following the second drop.

Weeds can also be ideal spots to work swimbaits. The up-facing hook let this lure skim the weeds without getting snagged. Cast beyond the vegetation and bring the swimbait just above the top of the bed. Let the bait occasionally brush the plants in order to increase the realistic look of the presentation.

Swimbaits can also be worked just beyond the edge of the weeds. If there is a drop-off near the plant bed, be sure to work over there as well. Walleye will often lurk in the depths, waiting for something tasty to swim by. Swimbaits will let you keep casting and working areas until you find the fish.

This bait can be used in just about any presentation, but there are times when it is a challenge to get them swimming right. Swimbaits don't work well when trolling open water because it is harder to keep them at the desired depths. Shallow rocks can also prove problematic, especially if you aren't skilled at keeping the lure at the right depth. Swimbaits tend to get hung up more, which can get very frustrating.

The bait options for an angler are vast, but swimbaits come the closest to being the real thing without actually having a heartbeat. The combination of color, movement and feel make them a huge temptation to a hungry walleye. Knowing how to present this bait in the best light will make it hard for the fish to ignore what you have to offer.

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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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