weeds develop as the water warms in the summer. Weedy flats hold baitfish that
attract walleyes at night. In fall, weeds decline and small fish are flushed
from cover. Walleyes feed aggressively throughout this period. Walleyes can
feed in dim light. They have a feeding advantage over most prey species after
dark. When fishing these humps I rely on my depthfinder to tell me if anyone
is home on these humps. I usually like to look for a good shelf that comes out
from an island that has boulders on it. This is the structure that many
walleye key in on to rest and ambush their prey as they slide back and forth
from the hump to deep water. These are transition areas where the fish come to
These humps provide a structure for baitfish that have moved out into deep
water as schools, and are looking for a place to rest. Naturally, what
attracts the baitfish also attracts the walleye. The other thing that my
BottomLine depthfinder unit allows me to see is how active these fish are.
Many times I can go over the hump and I will see that the walleyes are moving
up to the top portion of the hump, this signifies that they are in a positive
mood and within minutes I should be landing a nice plump walleye in my boat.
Big fish become vulnerable for longer periods in the fall
because they move into areas where baitfish are staging, some remaining in the
general area through the winter. To catch walleyes during fall transition and
early fall consider the tendency for walleyes to move up.
During daylight, if you can't fish during perfect conditions, it is usually
better to concentrate on deep fish, rather than shallow fish. You should look
for fish holding areas where wind crashes against a barrier or where the wind
churns up the water rather than fishing where it is calm. Concentrate on dark
water lakes that have a high percentage of fish caught during the day.
Sometimes in dark mucky waters, high bright sun filled days trigger a feeding
frenzy because the sunlight gets all the tiny critters moving and in the cycle
of fishing at the end of the food chain will be the bigger fish.
Constant bottom contact is essential even though it increases the potential
for snags. Use a small jig head with a wide hook gap to deliver the bait in
wavy conditions. Leeches are an outstanding rock bait because they can take
Holding on top of a hump on a windy day is a way to catch trophy walleyes. The
tackle is simple and the methods are easy to learn. First, use jigs tipped
with a crawler, leech or minnow. The size of the jig should be just enough so
you have contact with the bottom.
Whenever you must fish in adverse conditions, being either bright sunny days
or changing weather conditions, there should be a two step approach. One way
is to slow down your presentation. Go slow, use the bowmount trolling motor
and make your presentation very slow. Maybe even put on a single hook with
split shot rather than a walking sinker and vibrating blades. Or the second
approach is to go fast. Use fast trolling speeds with artificial lures and
speed troll breaklines to get the fish active enough to bite.
One word of caution regarding this weed action, the weeds can be very hard on
your line especially at the knot. Retie often and use a quality abrasion
resistant line such as Stren Easy Cast. This line has the abrasion
characteristics and the ease of casting combined. Once you spool up this line
you will not want any other.
Walleyes in the weeds are the best bet for late summer fishing. Get out early
and stay late because the walleyes will be there all day long. Hope to see you
on the water next to your favorite weedbed soon.
Whether you are in the states of Alaska,
Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa,
Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kentucky, Colorado,
Indiana, Virginia, California, Nevada, or New Jersey, there are fish to
If you are in one of the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Yukon, Northwest
Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Quebec,
there are fish to catch.
You might be trolling with cranks as your lure of choice. You might be
jigging with jigs. You’ll probably need rods, reels, some live bait
(crawlers, minnows, leeches), sinkers, leaders, and fishing line. More
often times than not, it takes a boat to get to those spots, as well.
Maybe you will be fishing from the bank or wading, however.
You may need fishing reports or maybe even a fishing guide.
This website will try to help you achieve the goal of catching bigger,
better, and more numerous fish.