Walleye Fishing Tips
This is the first time since the previous summer that the sun's rays have heated the lake's temperature past 70 degrees. The arrival of this warmer water is the signal that the best bite of the summer is about to take place. The stress of the spawn is over and the abundant insect life has concentrated the baitfish in shallows. The warmer water has also kicked the walleye's metabolism into a higher gear. A walleyes is a cold blooded animal. The warmer the water, the more it must eat in order to maintain it's body's present level of activity. The stage is set for the first big feeding binge of the summer. The key locations will be the points and inside corners of large cabbage beds. This is not the time to be searching sunken islands or other mid-lake structures. The best cabbage beds will be located on the first break line connected to shore. A big cabbage bed is like buffet table for a pack of hungry walleyes. A large school will "spill" out of the weed edge and relate to the sandy areas adjacent to the weeds. These walleyes will stick out like sore thumbs when seen on electronics. A big healthy leech and Roach Rig are a deadly combination for this situation. I like to use a 3 to 4 foot Snell, a #4 red hook, and a 1/4 oz sinker for this presentation. Don't be afraid to let a little line out when fishing this rig. When something stops the rig, gently pull up on the rod and give some resistance. If the line doesn't tug back, then the sinker's stuck on a weed or rock. Pop the rig free and keep fishing. A real fish will be animated and give several good tugs before running the line out. When the fish runs, let the line go. Give the fish a second or two to swallow the bait and then close the bail. Slowly reel up the slack line until the weight of the fish bends the rod. Set the hook with a smooth upward swing of the rod. Hey, who's got the net?!!!