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.
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