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Blue Skies Ahead

Catching Walleyes After a Storm

When a storm comes through, it can turn an awesome day of fishing into a lackluster one. While controlling the weather is impossible, there are several ways to salvage the day after the storm has passed. If you are willing to adjust your techniques, there are plenty of opportunities to snag a walleye once the gray skies start to clear up.

Storms throw walleye off their typical behaviors because they change the environment. A sudden snowstorm in April will cause the walleye to leave the spawning beds in search of deeper water. They won't go very far unless it is a heavy snowfall because the spawn requires a lot of energy.

If the ground has some new fallen flakes, look for the walleye a little farther from the shore than you would normally in the spring. Typically they will move out from the shoreline and wait in water that is between ten and fifteen feet deep. Between the sudden drop in temperature and approaching spawn, they won't be as eager to bite. Keep presentations slow and at the eye level of your targets. Bait that doesn't take much effort to catch will be far more appealing than something the walleye have to chase down

Rainstorms can wreck also havoc on the walleye habitat. Rain really churns up lake waters, which brings visibility way down. Since walleye depend on their eyesight to hunt, they will stick close to underwater structures. Wherever the baitfish are hiding out, the walleye won't be too far away.

Since visibility is at a low, choose a lure that is both flashy and noisy. This will make it easier for the walleye to spot through the murky depths. Cast just beyond the structure and retrieve slowly. Try to keep the lure at or just above eye level of the fish. They may be slow to strike since they can't see, so give your bait as much time in the water as possible.

Rain can also be rough on rivers. Flooded rivers can have very strong currents that walleye will try to escape from. Look for the fish near downed timber, brush, rocks or anything that serves as a breaker from the current.

If the river is flowing fast, it will be harder to control your bait, so let Mother Nature lend a hand. Cast beyond where the walleye are holed up and let the current carry it over them. Opt for heavier weights so that the lure gets as close as possible to the fish. Walleye will bite, but they don't want to chase down their meal through the current if it can be avoided

Windstorms can also make walleye move to new territory. Strong waves can move the underwater vegetation that walleye normally love to lurk in. While they like the cover, they don't like being constantly brushed by the vegetation.

Walleye will often move just above or just beyond weed beds in order to escape this unsolicited contact. If the wind is blowing, cast beyond the weeds and slowly bring the lure back home. Go with lighter weights in order to keep the lure high in the water. This will help ensure you are presenting the bait at the favorite level of walleyes.

Most storms are followed by a cold front, which can really kill the fish activity. The only exception to this rule of thumb is in the fall. A cold front in the fall will actually stimulate an increase in foraging activity throughout the water body. Walleye will be more mobile since baitfish will be harder to come by. This can work in your favor since they won't be as picky and will probably gobble down whatever you offer. Once you find the fish, keep your presentations fast and aggressive. This will rile the walleye up and cause them to strike harder than normal.

You can't change the weather and you can't always pack it in if the day takes a turn for the worse. Adaptability will help salvage the fishing if stormy skies mar your trip. Changing presentations and where you look for walleye will go a long way in putting a fish in the well despite the gray skies above you

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

Walleye Fishing Secrets Student Shares an Awesome Catch


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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