Walleye Baits and Lures

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Summer’s here and the time is right…

Now that we’re transitioning into summer, walleyes are doing the same. They aren’t big fans of the heat, so they move to greater depths where it’s cooler. Consequently, they’re a bit more of a challenge to catch. But, you don’t have to rule out fishing for walleyes during these dog-days if you’ve done your homework.

First, you’ll need to find them. Underwater structures are always a good bet to ply, because they tend to lower water temperature and attract bait fish. Walleyes can also hold above or near sunken islands and gravel or sand bars.

Break lines where the bottom drops off quickly to deeper water can be good spots to find walleye laying in wait for something tasty to swim their way.

Consider tossing a line around weed beds, too. Weedy areas afford shade, cover and a higher oxygen level and bait fish love to hide in these areas.

Anything that breaks the water current can be considered a target. A rocky point, the edges of holes, eddies and wing dams can all attract bait fish. Remember, walleyes go where the bait fish go.

Night time can be the right time…

Bait fish tend to hang in deeper water during the day, but as the sun goes down and the temperature cools, they begin to move into the shallows. Walleyes, of course, are well-known for their excellent night vision, so you can expect them to be looking for a meal, primarily between sundown and 1 AM or so.

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5 best spring/summer baits

Sure, considering what’s already been mentioned, there’s plenty more than five, but here’s a selection that’s proven to entice ‘eyes.

deep down husky jerk
Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk

Great for spring trolling the deeper water where the large females tend to hang, especially in the afternoons.

rapala original floating minnow
Rapala Original Floating Minnow

Small to medium size; silver, or gold are good, but colors and firetiger may be a better bet in spring, works at all depths, action mimics a wounded minnow, very popular.

storm original thunderstick
Storm Original Thunderstick

3 or 4 inch size; red, blue or firetiger colors work well in spring.

xps jig
Bass Pro Shop XPS Jig

3 or 4 inch size; red, blue or firetiger colors work well in spring.

terminator t1 spinner bait
Terminator T1 Spinner Bait

Great one for later in the spring when the feeding pace quickens; long-lasting, changeable skirts, stable at slow speeds.

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