Good Lures to Cast outside the Circle of Shad

Like to fish under lights at night for Walleye, the lights bring the shad in and they begin to circle the light, Walleye will at times swim with them and other times stay outside the circle and pick them off. What would be a good lure to cast outside the circle of shad to catch them with?

In most situations, walleye do not like bright or direct light. However, walleye will go into softer light. When you are in this situation and there are walleye that are attempting to stay in the shade, there are a few lures that can be used to catch them. One of the best-known lures is the “glowing lure”. Glowing lures are sold in a variety of colors and have been proven effective. The walleye hiding in the shadows of the light are able to see the glowing lures either lying on the bottom of the water or close to it. Also, if there is some light there have been occasions where the light actually reflects off of the glowing lures. This also makes them more attractive to the hungry walleye and they will most times go after the lure. In addition, the glow lure enhances the dark unusual scales on the lure’s underside. They are designed in this way to make the lure actually stand out against the darker background. Also, the glow will come through as the pattern of scales on a smaller fish. This entices the walleye and it will essentially go after the glowing lure, believing it is a smaller fish. The best part of a glowing lure is that they can be used time and time again. They are ultimately effective for those walleyes that like to hide, or appear to be hiding in the shadows away from the light, while other walleye will actually go into the light. In either case the glowing lure is a great choice to use.


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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