Ultimate Guide To Better Spinner Rigging For Walleyes

April 1, 2014

Spinner rigs are deadly weapons for walleyes. Offering an alluring combination of fish-attracting flash, vibration, scent and taste, these churning, twirling performers are versatile standouts on the presentational scene. Still, there are always ways to milk more bites from any spinning scenario, provided you’re willing to experiment with a variety of key factors.

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Top Picks For Minnesota Trophy Walleyes

April 1, 2014

Giant walleyes? Minnesota’s got them. Around every corner there’s an opportunity to catch walleyes, from rich and fertile prairie potholes to the deep, clear waters of the Canadian Shield.

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Ice-Out ’Eyes

March 18, 2014

Wherever open season allows the pursuit of walleyes, early spring is prime time for tapping one of the year’s best bites. Thanks to the spawning migration, big numbers of fish gather in predictable places, offering savvy anglers a shot at banner catches.

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Early ’Eyes On The Troll

March 18, 2014

Trolling is widely considered a top tactic for targeting walleyes in mid to late summer, but it’s an effective option early in the season as well. In fact, under the right conditions, pulling spinners or crankbaits can out-produce other strategies long before other anglers even think about straining water on the troll.

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Wandering ‘Eyes

March 10, 2014

Indiana biologists have unlocked several twists to walleye location that can help walleye fans everywhere catch more fish. The project is currently underway on Lake Monroe, an 11,000-acre impoundment a short cast from Bloomington in southcentral Indiana.

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Tips For Last Open-Water Walleyes

March 10, 2014

Late autumn and early winter can be an intimidating time to chase walleyes. With more anglers sitting in treestands instead of boats, fishing reports get a little sketchy. Plus, the demise of the thermocline means old marble-eyes is free to roam the entire water column -- opening up a wealth of potential habitat. Fortunately, some of late fall’s finest fishing is a satisfyingly simple and straightforward affair.

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The Low Down on Downriggers

March 10, 2014

If you can catch a walleye on something as simple as a Lindy rig, then why would you add something as complicated as an electric downrigger to your boat? The answer is just as basic as a slip-sinker and hook: to catch more walleyes when simple techniques don’t work as well. That’s not to say that you can’t catch walleyes rigging or jigging most of the time because you can; however, there are times and places where downriggers really shine.

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Jigging Early 'Eyes

March 10, 2014

May and much of June mean great shallow-water walleye action on fisheries across Canada, but the fishing is all the faster for anglers in tune with where to look and how to catch these golden beauties. On northwest Ontario’s mighty Lac Seul, veteran guide Ben Beattie of Moosehorn Lodge (canadafish.com/index.htm) has a winning presentation down pat: pitching minnow-tipped jigs to sweet spots along shore.

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Go Big or Go Home For Late-Ice 'Eyes

March 10, 2014

Late in the ice season when walleyes turn extra-aggressive, a big, noisy lure is the best way to score big. “It’s kind of a ‘go big or go home’ thing,” Jonny Petrowske said about late-season ice fishing. “The fish are super aggressive at that time – putting on the feedbag – so by using big baits you can eliminate a lot of small walleyes and target the fish you want to catch.”

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Early Fall Live Bait Rigging Tips

March 10, 2014

From late summer though fall, live-bait rigging catches walleyes every day. Other methods may catch more, but don’t count on it. Especially when that weight sliding on your main line is perfectly in tune with depth, wind, bait type and size. A leader separates a struggling live bait from that weight, giving it room to swim, squirm and attract fish. Simple. Beautiful. Deadly. But the key is putting that living minnow, leech or crawler on a target below the boat.

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