Running and Gunning for Shallow Water ‘Eyes
Shallow water is usually defined as any water that you can’t sit on
top of with a boat, walleyes can and do inhabit this type of water.Tradition
would say that this is the area that you will find fish in
By the time late summer turns into fall and the water temperature starts to drop off; the fish start to migrate to shore. In big shallow lakes like Mille Lacs; for example, walleyes traditionally begin leaving the flats and their deeper environs by this time. By mid-September they’re prowling in less than 10 feet of water much of the time. Most fishermen would fish the obvious structural elements. The key to catching fish here consistently, however, is effectively identifying spots that gather and hold most fish.
When I am running and gunning for those active walleyes I will look at three types of structure to help me locate fish. First of all I look for the "typical walleye structure", this is comprised of drop-offs, rock formations, points, or inside turns that could hold walleyes. The second type of structure is the shallow structure that is usually found out in the middle of the lake. These types of structures might be classified as mid-lake humps, rock piles, reefs, sunken islands, etc.
These areas are dynamite during the mid summer months and often times
over looked by most weekend anglers. The third type of structure
that I love to fish is weeds and wood. Again this type of structure
might be classified as more bass or northern pike structure, but a lot
of walleyes hang out in heavy weeds and wood throughout the year.
If you understand the "predator prey relationship" weeds become an automatic
structure that I key in on. Simply put if the walleye is put in the
lake as a fry it becomes a prey and naturally will find a place to hide.
When the walleye grows up it becomes a predator and instinctively knows
that the weeds are a place to look for prey. I try weeds in the summer
time, because I am almost assured of catching some really active
On snag-free bottoms a Roach rig is effective. On mud, weeds, submerged timber and rocks or boulders, bobber rigs do just as well. During the midday, a slower presentation gets most of the action. Early, late and at night faster-moving lures such as a #5 or #7 Shad Rap really perk things up. That’s when I particularly like to cast a minnow and Rainbow Spinner combination in the shallows. Over one rock pile I regularly fish, the bait must be retrieved very rapidly near the surface to avoid snags. When a walleye hits during such a retrieve, my rod is nearly torn from my grasp. That will get your blood pumping. What most walleye fisherman fail to realize is that walleyes can cruise
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