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Working the Winds When Walleye Fishing

By Andrew Martinsen

Most anglers feel uneasy about strong winds - and for good reason - winds can turn into a dangerous situation and safety should always be at the front of your mind when you're out on the water or planning to go out.

If it's safe to go out, a windy day can make walleye fishing pretty good. The key to fishing in high winds is to understand how walleye react when the wind starts blowing.

Winds can actually revive an area that fish are occupying. When water is very still for a long period of time, oxygen gets depleted. A good wind will stir the waters by beating water against structures or breaks. Oxygen gets released back into the water energizing all of the aquatic residents.

Wind will also stir up plankton and move it closer to the shore. The bait fish take advantage of this food source that is harder to get. Likewise, the walleye are more than ready to grab a baitfish for themselves.

Another bonus of winds is that they break the water surface up, making it harder for light to penetrate the depths. Often walleye can be found in shallow waters on bright days just because the waves are providing ideal conditions for them. Start looking for walleyes on the side of the structure that is receiving the wind directly. This side of the structures receives the most wind and the least amount of light.

Bait fish will be on this side as well. High winds usually disorient bait fish which makes them easy targets for the predator fish. Walleye will usually wait on the edges or points of structure for the next meal to drift in range.

Wind can affect the positioning of walleye that inhabit the weed beds. If winds are strong enough to move the underwater weeds, walleye will change their position. They don't seem to like being constantly brushed with the vegetation.

Walleyes will hover above the actual weed bed if there is adequate space. They may seek escape on the edge of the weed bed itself. If possible they will suspend in the water between the plants and shoreline.

Winds can also create currents along the shore in the right situation. In order to do this, the wind has to be fairly strong and keep up consistently. It also needs to hit the shore at an angle in order to create a current at all.

When there is a current, the walleye will turn and face it. You will need to cast into the wind if you have any hope of getting the walleye to bite. Walleye aren't likely to chase bait that is floating behind them.

Position your boat upwind of where the fish are suspended at. It may be hard to do because the wind will be working against you. Boat control and casting will be a big challenge.

Remember that high winds can get deadly very quickly. You will be on your own since most anglers pack it in when the wind really picks up. Make sure that all your gear is working and that you have emergency equipment close at hand.

When most anglers are waiting on the shore for the winds to die down, you can be taking advantage of some choice walleyes. Fishing in winds can give you an advantage over the fish as long as you are aware of how it will change their patterns. Use the wind to your advantage but remember don't go out if it's too windy to fish. The fish will be there another day.

Great Fishing To You!,


Andrew Martinsen

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