In lakes across Lindy Land, late summer into early fall sees wandering walleyes launch seasonal migrations in response to a variety of factors including water temperature and forage abundance.

Such sojourns occur on fisheries ranging in size from 100 acres to the Great Lakes, covering distances from a few hundred yards to many miles of open water.

Veteran guide and Lindy pro staffer Mike Christensen of Hunter Winfield’s Resort on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake says one timely pattern hinges on intercepting the migration from offshore flats and basins to near-shore structure.

“Abundant baitfish schooling along rocky breaklines in 15 to 24 feet of water trigger an inward walleye migration,” he said. “It’s always worth checking close to shore if your milk run of main-lake midsummer spots dries up.”

A variety of presentations produce walleyes.

Trolling 2 3/8-inch size 3 Lindy River Rockers at speeds of 2 to 2.5 mph is a top tactic. Christensen likes perch patterns but says experimenting with color schemes spruced with splashes of orange or pink can help lures stand out from the baitfish buffet.

Christensen also deploys slip-float rigs, buoyed either by Thill Pro Series Slip Floats or Wobble Bobbers.

“An XXL size Pro Series is great in wind and waves, while the Wobble Bobber casts a mile and is perfect for imparting extra action on calm days,” he explained.

With either float, he favors a 1/32-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a jumbo leech or half nightcrawler hooked through the nose, with a split shot large enough to balance the float pinched 24-to-30 inches above the jig head.

Christensen’s crankbait trolling and bobbering approaches work well when inbound walleyes patrol rocky breaks, and can be adjusted to cover a variety of depths on reefs and other seasonal sweet spots when wandering, late-summer ’eyes slide that way as well.