Attacking structural walleye sweet spots the wrong way could cost you countless hookups with marble-eyed beauties.

Veteran guide Jon Thelen, host of Lindy’s popular Fish Ed television and online programming, says many anglers approach classic structure in reverse order.

“When fishing offshore summer walleye structure like a rocky hump, it’s pretty common to focus on the bottom foot of the water column and work your way from deep water up to the shallowest spot,” he said. “The strategy works. But you can often catch more fish from each spot by starting at the top and working your way down.”

For example, when Thelen pulls up to a rock pile that tops out 10 feet below the surface, he begins the assault with a crankbait that runs midway down the water column, to pick off aggressive, high-riding walleyes deeper baits might miss.

“Lindy’s Wally Shad is a great choice for this phase of the game,” he said, noting the bait runs six feet on the cast and features a tight-wiggling action and high-pitched rattles hungry ’eyes can’t resist.

“Next, cast a bait that runs a bit deeper—like the ¼-ounce Lindy Wally Demon,” he said. “Then finish your attack on the top of the hump with a lure that runs just above bottom or even ticks the tops of the structure, like the ½-ounce Wally Demon.”

By catching the highest riding walleyes first, Thelen’s top-down approach avoids spooking other fish holding on the hump.

Often, Thelen continues the downward progression by throwing crankbaits that dive even deeper, such as the Lindy Rally Fish, allowing him to fish the sides and base of the structure, along with flat-bottom holding areas nearby.

“Attacking summer structure in such a manner can help you catch the most walleyes possible on every spot, and every trip,” he said. “Give it a shot the next time you’re on the water.”