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Walleyes on Structure

How to Entice Walleyes that are On Structure

Walleyes that are found on underwater structure can be a challenge. They won't fall for just any old tricks. In this instance, it'll often take more than a pretty lure to get them to bite.

Walleye may hang out on structure anytime of year, but there are several seasons and reasons that normally cause them to become inactive. When winter snows begin to melt and the cold begins to ease, walleye head toward the spawning grounds. They will normally be found in the deeper water, usually fifteen feet or more, waiting for the spawn to begin.

The water will still be fairly cold, so the fish will be lethargic. The best time to hit the water during spring is in the afternoon because the water will be at its warmest. The fish won't be actively fishing yet, so opt with slow and vertical presentations. A jig tipped with a minnow or a vibrating blade are very tempting to the waiting walleye. Drop the bait just below the group and bring it up slow, giving the fish plenty of time to give into their nature.

Summer can also cause walleye to be found on underwater structure in an effort to escape the heat and bright light. They will hang out near structure, in weed beds and deep water. The best time to be on the water is either early or late in the day. The light and temperatures won't be as intense, so the walleye will be on the prowl.

The best way to entice the walleye will depend on where they are laying low. If you find them near vegetation, cast just beyond the weed beds and bring the lure back over the top. Keep the retrieval slow and occasionally make contact with the plants. Walleye prefer to strike from below the prey, so this will put the bait in the ideal spot.

If structure is the place to be, spend a little time on reconnaissance before dropping line. Troll around the structure with a good quality depth finder and mark where the largest groups of fish are hanging out. This is especially important when working larger structure because the larger the number of fish, the better your chances will be.

Once you find the walleye, cast the bait just beyond the structure and bring it back along the outer edge. The bait needs to be at eye level our slightly above, so it may be necessary to add some weight to achieve this goal. Slow speed is once again the key to success. In this instance walleye need more time to react to the temptation before them. Walleye don't want to take on too big of a challenge, so keep your bait or lures smaller than you would when they are not found on structure.

Sometimes walleye head into deep water where they will wait out the heat and light. A depth finder will come in handy once again. Focus your searching on transition areas where the underwater surface starts to change or places where the water depth suddenly drops.

Vertical jigging works well when walleye are on structure in open water. Determine how far down the fish are at and drop your bait just below them. Bottom bouncers are a great addition to your presentation especially if the bottom is rocky. Vary your jigging motions, but don't get too enthusiastic. Slow, sweeping motions will be more successful than aggressive drops and jerks.

Cold fronts are one of the major causes for walleyes to head for underwater structure. Depending on the severity, cold fronts can put walleye off feeding for several days. If you are trying to catch walleye in this situation, lightening the gear will be very helpful. Use a lighter line as well as lure or jig. These changes will slow down the bait as it descends into the depths. Post cold front walleye need more time to consider the bait before they strike. The slower you go, the better your chances.

Many anglers love fishing for walleye because they are a challenge to snag. When walleyes hang out on structure, it brings the degree of difficulty to a whole new level. Taking the time to find the fish and being willing to slow the pace down will make waiting a walleye much more satisfying.

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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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