Spinner rigs catch summer walleyes in fisheries across Lindy Land. From the Great Lakes and sprawling impoundments to large natural lakes and countless smaller systems, the combination of a thumping, flashing blade with live bait is hard for hungry ’eyes to resist.

Spinner rigging is a great approach for fishing large pieces of cover or structure, and excels when you want to cover water in search of scattered walleyes.

Prime places to spin up warm-weather walleyes include edges such as deep weedlines and changes in depth or bottom composition.  But they’re also deadly on large flats, soft-bottom basins and over the tops of lush weedbeds.

As a general rule, it’s tougher to spin effectively in close quarters such as an inside turn, or when fishing a solitary fish magnet like a small rockpile. Here, surgical strikes with a slip-bobber rig, jig, crankbait or swimbait are often better options.

Spinners work wonders throughout the water column, since running depth depends on the amount of weight you put in front of them. You can flatline spinners behind a split-shot a foot or two under the surface, or pull them tight to bottom behind a bottom bouncer or hefty Lindy No-Snagg Sinker. When walleyes suspend midway down, in-line weights are great choices.

Baiting options include live baits and soft plastics. Many walleye warriors swear by the scent, flavor and action of a nightcrawler on rigs like Little Joe’s Crawler Harness or the Lindy Colorado Blade Crawler Harness. Indeed, crawlers are a top all-around pick in the summertime. They’re extremely deadly during insect hatches.

That being said, leeches and a variety of minnows have their moments, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different baits to see what the fish prefer at the time.

Spinner blades and beads come in every color of the rainbow, offering another opportunity to tweak your presentation. Matching spinner rig colors to those of the lake’s predominant forage species is often a smart call, but sometimes off-the-wall patterns produce more strikes—so test the waters with different options before settling into a routine.

Also keep an open mind when it comes to trolling speed. Depending on the blade design, today’s crop of spinners catches fish from a crawl up to 2.5 mph. Vary your speed until the walleyes show a preference.