Veteran Northwoods guide and Lindy pro Jeff Sundin says Lindy Rigs tipped with supersize minnows shine for reeling in fat fall walleyes.

Sundin routinely drags a 42-inch Lindy Rig X-Treme Snell — which features a size 2 minnow hook — over prime lies including rock piles on gradually tapering points, though steeper breaks can be autumn gold mines as well.

Depths typically run less than 35 feet, but you’ll find walleyes at 70 feet or more. Post-release mortality can be an issue with fish plucked from the abyss, so Sundin typically plays a shallower game.

Redtail chubs (also known as hornyhead chubs) running 6 to 9 inches long are his favorite bait. Creek chubs and suckers are options, but not his first choice. “A large crawler on an Original Lindy Rig will do just as well as a sucker,” he notes.

When fishing extra-large minnows, he may upsize to a 1/0 or 3/0 light-wire octopus hook. No matter the hook he chooses, he carefully threads it through the minnow’s upper lip or a nostril, to keep it lively and allow it to move around in a natural manner.

Walking sinkers are solid options, but given the rocky surroundings typical of fall forays, Sundin predominantly uses a ¾-ounce Lindy No-Snagg Slip Sinker. “They fish through these areas better than anything,” he explains, adding, “If the minnow digs into bottom, add a Lindy Snell Float ahead of the hook.”

Speeds of .5 to .7 mph are the rule. When a walleye takes the bait, Sundin gives it slack line and as much time as needed to process the meal. If the fish are aggressive, 15 seconds might be enough. But wait times of a minute or more aren’t uncommon with light biters.

Lindy Rigging large minnows works wonders on walleyes all fall, even well after turnover. In late autumn, however, he notes that the two-hour period just prior to sunset offers the best action, so he encourages walleye fans to be in position, game faces on, when this window of opportunity opens.