Four fishing tips to catch a giant walleye

Walleyes are one species that seem to have everything that entices anglers to fish for them. They offer up a true challenge, put up an amazing struggle when hooked and they taste great no matter how they’re prepared. They’re also an excellent species to seek out if you’re looking for a trophy fish in fresh water.

Walleyes tend to like cold water better than warm and you’re more likely to find them where there is gravel, sandy or rocky bottoms. Search for them around weeds, under sunken trees, around drop off and in deep holes.
They hide out in these areas waiting for food to come by and this is where you’re going to find some of the larger walleyes.

Giant Walleye Fishing Tips

When you’re going after the giant walleye, there are a few tips to keep in mind that will help you reel in a nice catch. These tips are passed down from anglers throughout the generations because they have been proven to work. You can try them in different situations to find out which ones work the best for you and when.

Four fishing tips to catch a giant walleye:

1. Equipment matters when fishing for walleyes. Many times the reason for losing a catch is because the angler didn’t feel the bite or when the fish gets close enough to strike it saw the fishing line or hook sticking through the bait. To prevent these issues you can invest in a sensitive fishing rod made for walleye fishing, use lightweight fishing line and small sharp hooks. If you’re still having trouble detecting when they bite, fish with a bobber. When it goes under, you know to set the hook.
2. A fish finder will greatly enhance your fishing experience. These will show you where the schools of fish are located, give you an idea of how big they are and tell you how deep they are, all of which is excellent information that will enhance your fishing experience and help you find the larger ones faster.
3. When you’re seeking out a giant walleye, you need to go fishing in the late evening just before dusk and fish until around midnight. This is when the larger fish are more active so it will be easier to get one to take your bait.
4. Walleyes have small mouths so you have to make sure the bait is small enough to fit in its mouth. However, using the largest bait you can while still getting bites will help you catch the larger walleyes. Using large bait will
limit the number of bites that you get but the ones you do get will be from the larger walleyes and this is how you weed out the smaller ones.

These tips can help you reel in a giant walleye so you can catch that trophy fish you’ve been dreaming about for so long. Who knows, you may be the next one to reel in the next walleye state record for your area?

Walleye Fishing Strategies
One of the best techniques to use for walleyes is jigging. This technique allows you to get the bait in the strike zone without scaring the fish away. You can drop the bait along the outside of the school of fish and work your way inward, catching one after another. It’s a great way to fish for this species and it usually always gets results.

Walleyes will fight you until there is no fight left in them so be prepared for the battle. If you’re not expecting this kind of fight you could lose the catch or even your rod and reel as they drag it into the water. Slow retrievals work the best for this species most of the time but they’ll respond to fast retrievals sometimes. The best thing to do is start slow and speed up gradually until you find the speed that works the best each time you go fishing.

Walleyes got their name for their amazing eyes, which are similar in nature to those of a cat. They are big, glassy eyes that reflect light and this allows the fish to see well in the dark. For this reason, walleyes tend to avoid bright lights and this is why they feed more actively at night. Therefore, the best time to fish for this species is on cloudy days, at night, during the early morning or right after the sun has started to set.

Having great eyesight also means that you have to be careful how you approach them. If you move in too close to this fish, it’ll swim off in the opposite direction. They can see you, thick fishing line and even the hook if it’s
sticking out of the bait. Avoid these scenarios when seeking out walleyes and you should be more productive in all of your fishing trips.

Follow the tips and strategies above and you’ll have a better chance of reeling in that giant walleye on your next fishing trip.


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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