By Dan Johnson

 

Classic areas such as gravel bars, rocky reefs and mud flats are home to plenty of walleyes in the summer. But weedbeds across Lindy Land hold their share of fish as well, and are often overlooked hotspots missed by the masses.

Weed-crowned sunken islands or humps are among my favorites. Rising from deep water offshore, they often attract nearby walleyes to feed on juvenile perch and other baitfish, along with a host of aquatic insects and other sources of sustenance.

Particulars such as the ideal depth and distance from shore or other structure can vary from lake to lake. As a general rule, if you find out how deep weeds can grow on the lake, then study a good lakemap for structure that lies at or above the lower limits of vegetation, you’ll be in good shape.

Sometimes prime lies can be surprisingly shallow. Yesterday afternoon, for example, my son and a fishing buddy plucked a plump 27-inch walleye from the top of a weed hump in just five feet of water. They were fishing a thick, isolated stand of curlyleaf pondweed surrounded by steep breaks falling into 17 feet of water.

Weed hump tactics include suspending a Lindy Jig tipped with a leech below a Thill Wobble Bobber or Pro Series Slip Float. Float fishing is great for targeting high-percentage areas like an inside turn in the weedline—especially with a breeze blowing in. Active presentations like pitching Lindy Jigs tipped with live bait or soft plastics are equally deadly, and a perfect way to search for active fish.

Top combos include a 1/8- to ¼-ounce Lindy Watsit Jig, Watsit Spin or Fuzz-E-Grub. You can also tip a larger Lindy Jig with a beefy, bass-style creature bait or curly-tail. Weed walleyes are aggressive and aren’t shy about taking a swipe at a large plastic presentation.

While walleyes certainly prowl near-shore weedbeds and outside weedlines, offshore weed humps typically see little or no fishing pressure, and are definitely worth a shot on lakes across Lindy Land, all summer long.