Nighttime trolling is a great way to put big numbers of fat fall walleyes in the boat. Years of guiding and crisscrossing the Midwest filming Lindy’s Fish ed television have taught veteran walleye hunter Jon Thelen tricks to catch more fish during this annual rite of fall.

Location is a major factor. Typically, fall baitfish runs focus hungry ’eyes around river mouths and along classic shoreline structure, inciting nocturnal feeding binges in five to seven feet of water. “But this fall, water temperatures are a little warmer than normal, so baitfish and walleyes are still on those 10- to 12-foot breaklines at night right now,” he said.

The bite’s still on, and Lindy’s Wally Shad is a fine choice for tackling it. “The hard-wobbling Wally Shad is a great bait for longline trolling in these depths or even when the fish move shallower,” Thelen continued. “Start at around 1.7 mph or a little slower, and gradually move faster as you dial in the perfect speed for the conditions and mood of the fish.”

Crankbait color choices hinge on the evening light. “Clear skies and decent moonlight call for metallics like silvers and golds, which best match silver-sided baitfish like shiners and tullibees,” he said. “With heavy cloud cover and little moonlight, break out the bright painted patterns.”

For great daytime walleye action, he advises pulling a Wally Shad on leadcore line in 17 to 23 feet of water adjacent to nighttime feeding areas. “This is a very overlooked bite that produces fish all day long,” he explained.

If you’re looking for more great fish-catching tips, tune in to Fish Ed this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin. Jon shares exclusive details on a pair of prime patterns you can use to catch golden-flanked walleyes and slab-sided bluegills all season long.