Rocks can be walleye magnets throughout the year, and the August into September timeframe is no exception. And sometimes, the most productive rocks can be surprisingly shallow.

“Most anglers relate shallow water walleye fishing to springtime, but a great shallow bite kicks in during midsummer and runs through fall on rocky structures in 10 feet or less of water,” said Jon Thelen, veteran guide and host of Lindy Fishing Tackle’s Fish Ed TV and online programming.

A variety of forage including crayfish and minnows lure hungry ’eyes onto rocky reefs, breaklines, points and humps, he explains.

Thanks to the richness of this underwater buffet, peak feeding isn’t tied to the clock, either. “With such an abundance of food, walleyes often move in to feed virtually any time, including the middle of the day,” he said.

You can catch these shallow rock walleyes with a number of different tactics, including slip float rigs or Lindy Rigs long-lined behind a No-Snagg sinker or light bottom bouncer.

“Casting crankbaits is one of my favorite ways to target these aggressively feeding fish,” Thelen said. “They’re in the shallows to eat, and a fast-moving lure grabs their attention and triggers reaction strikes.”

Lindy’s 2 ½-inch, 1/3-ounce Wally Shad is a top pick. “It’s perfect for casting to rocks in four to six feet of water,” said Thelen. “They run down to six feet on 10-pound mono, so if I need a little more depth, I switch to 8-pound line.”

Thelen keeps his boat a cast-length off the rocks to avoid scaring the fish, and works his way along and around the structure. “Mix up your retrieve speeds,” he said. “Burn the bait over the rocks a couple of times, then slow down and add pulls and pauses to the routine.”

One final tip: Thelen cautions against run-and-gun approaches. “Don’t just fire a cast or two in an area and leave,” he warned. “Make multiple casts before pulling the plug. Walleyes often tuck into gaps between the rocks, and if you don’t bounce the crankbait over their heads, you might never know they’re there.”