7 Unconventional River Walleye
Top 7 Unconventional River Walleye
Fishing Tips that you probably have not seen, heard or
1. River Walleye Fishing
Do Follow the Masses
I have read countless articles on
"where to fish walleye" and how to avoid places that are crowded. And
my best advice to you is, don't listen to these people. Why?
Words travel fast about hot fishing
spots and soon the masses hear about it and you'll find that each
weekend more and more boats are fishing in that particular walleye
fishing hot spot. The reason is "plain and simple"
these fisherman are catching walleyes. You never
leave a hot spot in hopes of finding another hot spot.
Instead you leave a hot spot that
is not producing in hopes of finding another spot that could
potentially add more walleye.
One of my favorite things to do is
scout out an area. You can do this by either taking a few hours off
from your fishing, or you can use the hit and run method.
I prefer the "hit and run" method
because I love to spend every minute I can on the river with my
presentation in the water.
The hit and run method is simple.
After you leave the docks, travel to the furthest place you'd
expect to catch walleye and then work your way back to your home dock.
Or you start close to the dock and work your way down/up river.
Basically you are out on a scouting
trip to find others who are fishing for walleye. On the
Columbia River it is easy to find the packs. There are drifts
that produce walleye and you will find somewhere between 4 boats and 20
boats all working one particular drift. When you find these
walleye fisherman, place yourself in the upstream slot and start
fishing downriver to the end of that particular drift. Once you finish
a drift, pull your gear, start up the engine and move back to the top
of the drift and start all over. Do this for a hour or so,
take notes and if you are not catching fish, then take off and travel
until you find another flock of fisherman working a particular drift.
It is really easy to find the walleye fisherman in our neck of the
woods, because they are all moving downstream with their electric motor
in the water.
Fish this new "hot spot" for an
hour or so and then keep moving down/up stream. Take notes of
each spot and keep scouting out the areas for places you can night fish
I have a set of friends who walleye
fish a lot. We share with each other the drifts that are producing, the
depths we find the walleye holding at, and the presentations used to
help boat walleye. I call these guys before I head out so I
have a good game plan before I hit the river. If you follow this one
method you will boat more fish. It works extremely well.
Other methods that work for us is
to visit local shops and ask questions, visit forums online to find
information you need, and read a map of the river.
2. River Walleye Fishing
Tip: Check out the landscape
Look for long stretches of
beach/river front that are shallow with a sudden drop off.
Daytime walleye fishing is best in these drop off areas.
Don't be afraid to move into very deep cold waters to find your
3. River Walleye Fishing
Tip: Do Give Night Walleye
Fishing a try
This ties into our number 2
unconventional walleye fishing tips. I like to find that long
stretch of beach that has a drop off and a shallow 10 ft or less area
that has a weed bed close to shore. This 10 ft. area needs to be at
least 50 yards wide. The simple reason
for this area is because the
walleye sit in the drop offs during the day and at night they go
hunting for food and they don't have to travel far to find it.
4. River Walleye Fishing
Tip: Tube Baits Work
I can't even begin to tell you how
many times we were out fishing for bass in deeper waters and we end up
catching a walleye. Walleye eat just about anything in the
summer and tube baits should be used when your worm harnesses don't
work. Changing presentations in known walleye waters need to
include tube baits.
5. River Walleye Fishing
Tip: Leader Length is
Fishing river walleye normally
includes bottom bouncers. It is the number one walleye rig on
the columbia River after March. If your walleye waters are
murky then you don't need a very long leader. If the water is clear,
you need to get that walleye harness back further behind your bottom
6. River Walleye Fishing
Tip: Bobber Fishing for
Greatly influenced by steelhead
fisherman, fishing with bobbers is picking up momentum. Once you figure
out the depth of the river where walleye are holding, nothing works
better than a worm presentation without all the distractions of a
walleye harness. Any type of invisible fishing line works best because
the only thing the fish will see is a worm tumbling downstream.
7. River Walleye Fishing
Tip: Run Crankbaits in Deep
Many a fisherman thinks that a
crankbait can only be fished at the depth of the manufacturers
specifications. When we troll upstream for walleye and we are
fishing a deep drift in the river, we'll slip on some weights about 4
feet above the crankbait so we can reach depths below 30
feet. When I first tried this method I simply attached a
leader on a bottom walker and tied on my crankbait.
7 Unconventional River Walleye Fishing Tips
work or I wouldn't be sharing them with you. The next time
you are out on the river, don't be afraid to give these a try,
especially when you are close to limiting out. I know a lot
of you probably "catch and release" and many rivers have a size limit.
This makes testing new methods easier, but make sure you have had some
success catching fish, first. I hate it when friends tell me
a certain method sucks when they didn't try it until they were about
ready to go home skunked again.
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Fisherman: Insanity is doing the same things over
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