Walleye anglers have plenty of presentational options for pursuing old marble eyes in the summertime.

Lindy rigging, spinner rigging, slip-bobber fishing and jigging all have applications. But crankbaits come on strong, too, especially when hungry ’eyes are on the hunt for a satisfying meal.

Cranks are deadly weapons for fishing deep basins. Such areas are often rich in insects and baitfish, which in turn attract walleyes. But because many anglers are intimidated by the thought of tackling a featureless abyss, these fish are often largely left unmolested by the masses.

To catch them, start looking near the last major structure before the bottoms softens and flattens, then work your way out from there. Use leadcore line or other substantial weighting system to pull a tight-wiggling bait like a Lindy River Rocker or Wally Shad into the strike zone.

Crankbaits are equally deadly when cast to specific targets, which in summer range from rocky structure topping out near the surface to windswept shorelines, weedlines and a long list of other sweet spots.

Casting is sometimes considered an early season tactic that tapers off as water temperatures rise into the high 60s and 70s—after which trolling deep weed edges, breaks and submerged treelines takes over.

But when a healthy wind sends waves crashing against the bank or rolling over a reeftop, walleyes often move shallow to feed. Casting a Lindy Wally Shad or Wally Demon is a great way to trigger strikes from these active fish. Where practical, you can also troll these cranks through the shallows behind a planer board.

Should you doubt the potential of summer’s shallow crank bite, consider that veteran guide and Lindy pro staffer Jason Feldner says it produces some of the season’s biggest walleyes. Which is one more good reason to keep a selection of crankbaits close at hand whenever you hit the water this summer.