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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Best Bet For Fall Walleyes

March 10, 2014

Often overlooked by the masses, rivers become true gold mines for untapped walleyes come autumn, when the call of the deer stand and duck blind lure many warm-weather anglers off the water. As fishing pressure wanes, paradise awaits the savvy few who know where and how to pluck autumn ’eyes from the flow.

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3-Pronged Approach To Catching First Fall Walleyes

March 10, 2014

Late summer into early autumn can be a tricky time to tackle walleyes, as wandering ‘eyes transition between their summer and fall seasonal haunts. But with the right game plan, anglers can still enjoy some of the year’s finest fishing. Walleye sage and longtime northwoods guide Bill Rosner knows the drill.

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