4 thoughts on “How do you find walleye in a lake?

  1. The key ingredient to having a walleye snap onto your line is perhaps the simplest thing of all. To quote the real estate world: location, location, location.

    All too often anglers get hung up on various shapes, colors and sizes of lures and bait available on the market. While all of these things play a role in catching walleye, none will do an angler any good if there are no fish hanging out on the other end of a line. Start pinpointing walleye locations by noticing water clarity levels.

    For lakes with stained water clarity, search shallow humps or other low lying points within the water. The darkened water give walleye the impression that they can move about undetected. Clear water clarity has them running scared.

    Walleye move towards deeper water levels found by humps, mud flats and the occasional sunken structure. The water levels in these sorts of hide out varies. At some spots the water level can be 40 feet deep and then quickly come up to as much as 5 feet.

    Walleye like the option of hanging out shallow but having deeper waters just a quick swim away. Another great way to seek out the elusive walleye is knowing where they like to go for certain seasons in the year. As spring begins, so does the spawning season for walleye. This will send them into feeder streams and other shallow grounds to begin spawn preparations. Re visit spots that worked during winter ice fishing season as well.

    There is a great chance many walleye did not migrate far from this area as they are slow moving in the colder water temperatures. Walleye tend to be more elusive during the summer months. It takes a great deal of patience to reel one in during the summer.

    There is no one particular spot where walleye like to hang out. It depends on the day and the mood of the walleye. This can change from day to day and walleye to walleye. Walleye hang out in shallow water depths at the start of the day for feeding. As the sun accelerates higher into the sky, walleye head for deeper waters.

    Even as they head for deep territory, familiar structures are kept in sight. These structures serve two purposes during the summer: food source and protection from predators and bright summer light. The day progresses on and minnow food sources move towards shallower waters.

    Not wanting to miss a meal, the walleye travel the same path as the minnow. All of this leads to a closer water surface position with nightfall to once again feed and rest. In the wintertime, walleye are still foraging for food sources.

    The colder water temperatures bring slower acting walleye. They favorite hideouts during this time of year are around structures that provide some warmth in the cold waters. These spots also allow them to snatch up a piece of food and take it back to the hideout to consume. Walleye do not like a whole lot of fast paced action that they normally exude at other times of the year.

  2. Not all lakes have walleyes. Try working wind blown points or weed lines with crank baits or a spinner with a leech or crawler. Also on your depth finder look for drop offs flats or humps with fish on them and try a jig and leech or just troll over them. Try early mornings or evenings for the best luck.

  3. Trolling is a great way to cover water and find fish. Use a relatively fast troll to find the active fish. Like most fish, walleyes relate to some kind of structure: weedlines, timber, breaks, points, etc. Don’t be afraid to go shallow, either.

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