Like Walleye Fishing, But
The Walleye Have Lockjaw?
If you like walleye fishing like I do, but have trouble getting them to bite, I have a little known technique that might solve your problem.
Despite its official name and pike-like appearance, the walleye is actually a member of the perch family. The walleye is named for its blind-looking "wall" eyes, which are highly reflective and milky white, to help it see and feed in near darkness.
With a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth and jutting lower jaw, the walleye is a formidable predator. Good walleye habitat requires an ample supply of forage fish, 2- to 5-inch fingerlings, including shad, yellow perch, and crayfish. Walleye are at the peak of feeding in 64-degree water.
Walleyes like to frequent sand bars and points mostly at night, feeding on crayfish and minnows. As waters warm throughout the season, walleyes move further and deeper into cool, murky waters. While moving to these depths, walleyes are often attracted to structure, such as islands, underwater break lines, or deep weed beds.
There are walleye stocking programs across the United States in almost every state to provide anglers with good walleye fishing access. States across the nation have created reservoirs that provide for flood control. Others are crucial to the states local population for providing drinking water and recreation for its' residents. Each state has their own Department of Natural Resources where the walleye eggs are hatched and nurtured, then stocked as fry in the area reservoirs.
There are several reservoirs in Indiana that were built for flood control by the Army Corps of Engineers. And they are stocked with walleye. Walleye that are really fun to catch, if you know how to make them bite. Walleye Fishing Tip
I caught one of these walleye one day by accident when crappie fishing with minnows. When I got home and cleaned this walleye, I took the time to check its' stomach contents. This is something more fisherman should do, as it gives you a good idea of what the fish have been feeding on. In this case, the walleye had several crayfish in its' stomach.
In thinking about the reservoirs' structure, I couldn't imagine where the crayfish would be, since it is mostly just a large mud hole most of the time. But crayfish (or crawdads as many call them) like to hide in and around rocks, so I decided to try walleye fishing what I call the “rip rap” areas. This is the large rock on the man made banks around and under bridges and boat ramps. Most of the rocks are about 6 inches in size and have jagged edges that provide good hiding places for crayfish. The “rip rap” extends down into the water 10 to 15 feet to compensate for the water level fluctuation throughout the year.
I decided to try a Model A 1-7/8" Applered Crawdad crankbait lure. This lure is a neutral buoyancy crankbait that dives 3 to 5 feet depending on how fast you crank it in. I positioned the boat sideways to the rocks and out far enough that I could cast to the rocky bank and land the lure about a foot from the rocks in the water. Then cranking in rapidly, the Model A would dig down, the lip bouncing off the rocks while wiggling wildly as a bomber lure does. This method worked so well, I caught my limit that day. I continue to use this technique and don't go walleye fishing any other way, except on the Great Lakes, which is soon to be another subject.
I have actually worn the lip off of many Model A 1-7/8" Applered Crawdad bombers, bouncing them off the rocks. They do get snagged once in a while, but are not that difficult to get out of the rocks. If you try this method, be sure to know what the limit is in your state before heading out. Now you can Catch Walleye When Others Can't!
Have a great day walleye fishing!