5 Tips on Selecting Walleye Fishing
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Which Walleye Fishing Rods are the best?
Fact: Talk to
10 different walleye fisherman and you'll probably get 10 different
Fact: Those same 10 walleye
fisherman will tell you to get the walleye fishing rods that best
matches your type of fishing.
So, what is the best walleye
fishing rod? Use these tips on selecting the walleye fishing
rods that best fit your needs especially the price tag. If
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for a somewhat technical breakdown on walleye
Tips on Selecting Walleye Fishing
5. Demo Partner Rod
As you can imagine you've probably
seen a lot of different fisherman catch walleye using the cheapest rods
in the world and you've seen fish caught on the most expensive.
What differentiates these people are the fisherman who use
the expensive rods are usually avid fisherman who have a lot of
experience and need that extra feel that tells them when a fish is
When it comes to river fishing for
walleye, you need a little strength in the rod. Most walleye fisherman
on the Columbia river are either jig fishing or trolling bottom
bouncers and worm harnesses.
I personally like to use 6' 6"
walleye rods or longer. My bottom bouncer rod is 7' 6", has
great tip action and a solid base. It is graphite and that is
all I will use. When I go to jig fishing I like to use a
medium light action rod but plenty of my friends are medium to medium
heavy. They also tend to use shorter rods in the 6' range.
The reason I use the medium light
action rod for jigging on the river is because many times you are
jigging behind the dams where the current is slow. I treat
fishing behind dams much like lake fishing because it truly is lake
fishing. That is why I go small and light.
I like x-fast action tips. I want
the hook setting on the tip because in the summer these fish will bite
light and a simple quick set with your wrist is all it takes to set the
hook. Many times you can pull the hook right out of them and
that's no fun. I don't need a deep set that a medium action
tip will provide because I am a finess type fisherman even with warm
My tip action when crankbait
fishing is not x-fast but rather medium because with all those hooks in
their mouth I need a delayed reaction. Again, this is my
style based on years of experience and knowing my strengths and
A lot of people will pick up a
walleye fishing rod and notice how light the darn thing is. Heck, most
rods are really like because there is no reel attached to it.
The best tip I can give you on selection walleye fishing rods
is to mount a reel on the rod you are testing because it will give you
a better idea of how it will feel on the river. My line of
thinking is: "when was the last time you went fishing with just a rod"?
Feel for the balance of your rod
with a reel attached. Wiggle the tip, put the tip on a wall
and bend it, hold the rod in the same position you will be fishing with
it. Have someone touch the tip, tap the tip and other
movements to get a positive feel for how it will react on the river or
Serious walleye fisherman want a
quality rod backed by a quality guarantee. Many walleye
fisherman are American born and breed. I do like to support
American made products (hard to find sometimes) but it all will boil
down to what will work, what is cheapest and still work.
I love my St Croix rods
and would never trade them in. I do own many other brands but
I find myself always taking my Avid rods on any trip whether it's
walleye, bass or steelhead. Salmon fishing I have been using
Lamiglass for 30 years and it's hard to leave that rod behind.
I never do.
A good walleye fishing rod will
cost a few dollars. $100 walleye fishing rods are good rods
but they won't help you catch more fish if you don't know what you are
doing. $50 bass pro or cabela rods are good rods but they
won't help you catch more walleye if you don't know what you are doing.
It's kind of like the beginning
golfer who goes out and purchases $1000 clubs and can't hit the stupid
ball to save their life. Same with fishing, a $300 rod will
do you know good unless you know how and where to fish for walleye.
I've seen the trend where guys will
purchase the cheap rods and when they get a hang for it, will then step
up into the more expensive rods because they want a certain feel.
That is my advice to you. Start fishing and then as
you get better, understand the type of fishing you will be doing, then
match the rods to your presentations.
5. Go fishing
and have fun:
You could be like me, have all the
equipment in the world and you can't go fishing because your house
burnt down in January and the boat is blocked from use because all the
contractors crap is sitting in front of it.
My sanctuary is the river and that
is where I find peace and harmony. I long for the day I can
get back on the river but first we need to get our house re-built.
If I wasn't doing a lot of the work, I would be on the river
just to forget what happened.
My advice to you: get on the river
as often as possible and build your walleye experiences. So
stop reading and get fishing. You'll never land a fish
sitting in front of the monitor but you can gain wisdom to help you on
your next trip. We have a lot of information on this site to
help you catch more walleye, use it and good luck.
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