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Get the Cranks a Movin'
 By Perry Good

Late August walleyes are very aggressive but unfortunately for the fisherman the lakes are so full of forage all fish have to do is inhale and they have a meal.  For this reason the best action is to fish an artificial bait fast.  It might seem strange, but the faster the better.  In fact, when you think you are trolling to fast speed up a little more.  My theory is that when an artificial bait goes whizzing by, the predator instinct takes over and the walleye lashes out.  Give
that same fish time to look over an offering and the chances are it will refuse it. Besides rattle, wobble and vibration don't overlook color.  Try to match bait already found in the environment.  Use flash tape to highlight crankbaits to give that extra flash.  Along with flash you might want to change to a dramatic color.  Chartreuse and the Firetiger colors aren't part of the environment but in stained water they are a visible target for fish.  The type of terrain that you are fishing will determine color also.  If you are fishing over sand maybe crawfish
color, or next to a weed bed or drop off a perch color will trigger fish. During cold fronts, I rely heavily on leeches fished with jigs or slipbobbers.  But for the fastest action, I work the deepest weeds I can find, either by trolling or casting crankbaits. Rapala the lures of choice Shad Raps have been andexcellent producer.  The # 5 runs about 4 to 5 feet deep and the # 7
runs 8 to 10 feet deep.  Perch has been my hands down favorite followed by chartreuse.  Lately I have also made a switch to the Rapala the lures of choice Fat Rap especially in the crawdad color.  It seems that even in the heat of August the walleyes sense that they should be eating bigger shad to fatten up for the winter and the color of crawdad is something that they love. The action will remain hot in the weeds until the middle of August, maybe the first of September, then the fish will move into deeper water.  Look for subtle changes in depth.  A change of one to two feet could make all the difference.  If there's any place with current, give it a try or if there is a deep weedbed mark it and pitch jigs to the outside edge. Again, trolling or casting crankbaits will get the job done in a hurry.  In stained or dirty water that has a lot of prey zip, that crankbait by them and they won't resist the active vibrations of a
wounded minnow. Here is a tip to put in your bag of tricks.  When casting crankbaits in
a river or lake area that has rip-rap or even sharp points with weeds and other debris, cast your bait up into the cover or rocks and crank down until you get a taught line.  Then pop the crankbait off the structure into the water.  Bass fisherman have been doing this for years
and it does produce walleyes in stained water or low light conditions such as mornings and evenings.  You might lose some lures until you get the hang of this type of fishing but it is very effective for taking some trophy fish.  Don't forget to check your line periodically to see
if it has wear from the structure. Now is the time to experiment - casting and trolling.  Time to make crankbaits even more important in your walleye arsenal.  Pick up the rod
and reel and give into the fever of crankbait fishing.

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