Re: walleye info
As early as mid-August, subtle changes that often go unnoticed signal the start of the fall transition. Weeds begin dying whether from colder nights, fewer hours of sunlight or just because,* they've reached the end of their life cycle.
Dying weeds.* That starts it, What a lot of people don't understand is that baitfish will only stay in those weeds as long as they are very green. Once weeds start to die, it seems as though baitfish and walleyes start to leave those shallow-water weed areas.
Walleyes on the move can be hard to intercept, so the transition can be frustrating at first. But, fish migrate to predictable areas and gather in big schools, generally according to size. Once the big ones are located, action can be incredible.
What the fall does is it gives the walleye angler the edge. The fish are not spread all over the lake. They are in the key spots in the deepest part of the lake. You can literally drain off most of that lake.
At first, they start to move out to more open-water areas. Sand is a really critical thing. They slide out to areas around deep water like sandbars that come out from shore and drop to deeper water, sand flats, sand points, sand humps -- places like that.
The real sleeper is sand. If you are fishing your summer spots and they aren't there, start fishing the sand.
Don't look for them in deep water -- yet. Walleyes will be on the structures in water 15 feet or less.
The bottom-line is this -- if an area has the characteristics that should hold fish, fish it.
The best way to check the shallows is to keep the boat in deeper water, cast to the top of the structure and work back down.
Use livebait. And early in the transition, try a half a nightcrawler on a small Timber Rock Jig. Drag it along the bottom unlike in summer when a more-aggressive "hop" did the trick.
For deeper work, drift or use an electric trolling motor to slow-troll a NO-SNAGG rig with a NO-SNAGG hook on the 5-foot snell it comes with from the package. In 18 feet or less, use the small 1/8-ounce or 1/4-ounce NO-SNAGG sinkers to make sure and move slowly to maintain bottom contact. The bait is a half of a 'crawler or minnow.
Walleyes begin to move deeper as water temperatures drop toward turnover, which begins at 62 degrees or so. Instead of finding fish on the top of structures, look deeper. They will be in places such as the sharper breaks or on mid-lake humps that top out at 20-feet rather than 15. Or they will be in holes in mud flats where the depth drops from 15 feet to 20 and then returns to 15 feet.
At the same time, walleyes become more selective about where they stage. They generally locate on a spot-on-a-spot. For example, if they are on a mid-lake hump with scattered boulders, they will be on the boulders. If it's all rock, look for a patch of sand. If it's all sand, look for the rock pile.
Preciseness with regard to location becomes important. Since more and more walleyes show up on those few spots as time passes, more and more of the lake holds no fish. It's easy to be skunked if you don't pay attention to subtle differences on the structures. On the other hand, it can be a bonanza if you do.
As water continues to cool down through the 50s to the 40s, fish locate on structures that lead to the deepest water in the lake. Check points or bars that extend out into the deep basin. Pay attention to details, good luck!
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