De-Scent of Wallyes

What is the best walleye fishing tip you have ever heard?

Walleye are a little strange, compared to other fish. The majority of other species, especially predators, depend heavily on a sense of smell to locate food. Most species of fish have two pouches on either side of the head that are lined with ultra-sensitive nerve tissue that detects the presence of chemicals and substances in the water in concentrations a low as 1 part per 100 million. This is several hundred times more sensitive than the human sense of smell. Walleyes, on the other hand, seem to actually be repelled by scented lures. I am not sure if they are mostly sight-feeders, or maybe their sense of smell is so good that they can pick out an artificial scent over a natural one. I have never done any good with a scented lure for walleyes, even during the spring spawn. So when you are going walleye fishing, do not scent your bait, and make sure you wash your hands well in the lake, or river water, where you are fishing, Do not use any soaps, after shaves, or deoderants.

Happy fishing


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow walleye fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on walleye fishing since 2004.

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