Walleye Fishing Tips & Techniques

• Light to Medium action rod
• 6-8 lb test
• 1/4 to 5/8 ounce jigs
• Bottom bouncers and spinners
• Minnows, worms, or leeches

Stay in touch with the bottom. Whether it jigs, bottom bouncers, even cranks, touch the bottom whether in four feet or thirty feet of water. Active walleye are generally in the bottom two feet of water.

Early season May and June we find the walleye in 4 - 12 feet of water. Shallow, windswept break lines, points and reefs will be holding the bait fish. The walleye will not be too far away. Jig and minnow, bottom bouncers with spinner rigs work best fished slowly.

As the season progresses, July and August, the walleye will be following the baitfish into deeper water, 10 - 20 feet.. Time to change from 1/4 ounce jigs to 1/2 ounce. Fish a little more vertically and stay in touch with the bottom. Try white, chartreuse, and orange jigs tipped with a twister tail and minnow. Change it up with colors until you find the pattern that is working best.

Late season the air is getting cooler and the water temps are dropping. Sounds funny but the walleye will be looking for warmer water deeper. Sometimes as deep as 30 - 40 feet. They are just as easy to catch, you have to fish deeper. Stay in touch with the bottom. Use a little heavier jig. September can produce fantastic days as the walleye are feeding heavy, they know winter is coming.