Secrets to Catching Walleye over 27″ is that many times they show up in places where you don’t want to go back to. Like if you get ready to leave an area and you catch a big one way off the structure, a place you won’t fish again. Or you get to a spot and drop a jig in way ahead of the spot and you drop it right into a big fish’s mouth, and you won’t go back to fish that again because there was nothing there. Or you’re making a pass and get off course or extend the pass and just as you turn around you catch a big one. Or you fish around some wood, catch a big one and then can’t fish it again without getting snagged. I see these things happen over and over. I have seen the DNR radio track big fish and find them on flats between wingdams where no one fishes. They may show up really shallow, or really deep. They may be in slack water or in raging current.
The hardest thing for me is to extend my passes, you end up wasting a lot of time, but then one day a big walleye will reward your efforts. Some of my biggest fish at lake erie have been accidents, I run into a quick rise in depth and before I can get the lines reeled in I catch a big walleye, sometimes on every rod! Try to kep on this and you will be losing a lot of lures for nothing. When I troll lake erie I keep one line in about 6′, another half way down and one close to the bottom,,which may be 3′, and big fish show up at any depth. It can be a mistake to key in on a few fish, because the biggest fish don’t follow crowds, they go out on their own and that’s how they get big without being caught.