By Dan Johnson

As water temperatures warm, many walleye fans focus their attention on aggressive, fast-moving presentations such as trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Except, of course, if you overlook Lindy Rigs. When conditions are right, this time-tested technique is still a great choice for putting fish in the boat.

Just ask Jon Thelen. The veteran guide and host of Lindy’s acclaimed Fish Ed TV factors Lindy Rigging into his tactical portfolio all summer long.

“It’s one of my favorite ways to fish, and as simple as it gets,” he said. “I don’t think anything’s ever been made that delivers live bait as well as a Lindy Rig.”

One of Thelen’s classic warm-weather Lindy Rig scenarios is when walleyes are concentrated on mid-lake structure.

“Huge expanses of water are great candidates for cranks, spinners and Lil’ Guys, but smaller areas are made for Lindy Rigs,” he said.

As is the case during other times of year, paying attention to details such as sinker style and bait selection is critical.

For example, Thelen favors traditional walking sinkers on clear bottoms, but switches to Lindy No-Snagg Slip Sinkers on rocky bottoms.

In the bait department, he often chooses leeches, but says nightcrawlers can be deadly, especially during bug hatches.

“People automatically think of fishing leeches, but walleyes get a little more in tune with eating other things when bugs are hatching, and that’s when nose-hooked crawlers really come on strong,” he said.


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