Erie Wallyes

What baits work best for walleye fishing in central Lake Erie? Any tips you can tell me?

In the spring, walleyes usually hang out in shallow water, near shore. You can find them congregating near sand bars, wild-rice beds with sandy bottoms, around weed-beds, and off of rocky points.They will usually be near sandy bottoms. In rivers, they will be in current, over sandy bottoms. They need the sand to spawn, and will strike very aggressively at just about anything that comes near them. White, yellow and green twister tails on a 1/8 oz. jig work as good as anything this time of year. I would forgo the complicated worm and minnow harnesses, and just toss jigs. Other good choices are small crankbaits and Shad-Raps. SIlver and blue work good, but my favorite colors have always been Fire Tiger.

In summer, when the water warms up, walleyes will go deeper and be in heavier cover. Jigs are still your best bet, especially at night. One weird thing about walleyes is that, unlike every other fish I can think of, scent on a bait actually seems to put walleyes off, so use unscented baits.


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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