Walleyes are here, there and everywhere on Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake right now, reports local guiding ace and Lindy pro staffer Jonny Petrowske.

“They’re scattered all over the place,” he said. “We’re seeing walleyes in 13 to 14 feet of water, which is the maximum depth for us. But there are also some tankers right up in the reeds near shore.”

For the deep bite, Petrowske is pulling size 3 Lindy River Rockers.

“At 2 3/8 inches in length, they’re the smallest of the River Rocker lineup—but they’re exactly the size that walleyes want right now,” he explained.

In fact, lures with larger bodies or exaggerated lips aren’t drawing nearly the same number of strikes as the downsized Rockers on Red. To get the baits down to the hot zone, Petrowske is using lead-core mainline.

“It sounds strange to say 'lead-core' and 'Red Lake' in the same sentence, but weighted line is perfect for getting these tiny baits down to the fish,” he explained.

Trolling speeds of 2 to 2.2 mph are key. Other particulars for success at the deep game include picking colors that mimic perch, he noted. In shallower water, Petrowske plies Lindy Spinner Rigs tipped with minnows.

“We’re pulling them slow—just 1 to 1.1 mph,” he said, adding that shades of shiner minnows, such as silvers, blues and light greens excel in skinny water.

The shallow fish are running larger on average, he added.

“There’s a lot of walleyes in the mid-20-inch range starting to show up,” he said. “Out deep we’re getting plenty of fish up to 16 inches long.”

Petrowske expects good fishing to continue into the foreseeable future, with more of the action shifting shallow as fall marches on.