Walleye Q&A

Question: Where do Walleye go when the water turns muddy?

Answer: Probably no where. Try casting crankbaits in shallower areas or near the bank. Try using a double Rapala rig. Work the jig slower, try holding it
steady without jigging it. Use bright colors.

Question: Where do Walleye go when the water raises?

Answer: Maybe nowhere, maybe back waters, probably secondary sloughs. Tailwater areas offer slack current for colder water seasons.

Question: Do Sauger hang in the same places as Walleye?

Answer: Most of the time but they tend to like different structure. They like big rocks, ledges, holes and wood. I think maybe Sauger like minnows
and Walleye like shad and bluegill, so they are where they find food they like.

Question: What is the best color?

Answer: I let the fish tell me, it is different every day or every hour sometimes. If I am getting hits and misses it’s probably the wrong color.
Basically pink, orange and green but black, yellow, white, purple, gold, blue and about all colors will work.

Question: Should I wait and let them take it when I get a bite?

Answer: Only if you’re fishing for small fish. Most times Walleye inhale it and spit it back out and then they are done with it.
Only if I was using a large live shad or bluegill would I wait and let them spit it out and try to turn it around and then inhale it again,
but I never use shad or bluegill.

Question: Wind is better to fish in for Walleye?

Answer: If there is wind there is probably a front moving through and that is what could help the fishing. As far as the wind itself, it moves boats around and then they catch more fish.
Sitting over fish not moving is a poor way to try to catch fish unless it’s winter and your ice fishing.

Question: Does boat motor spook fish?

Answer: No. It can actually attract fish, or get something going when things are dead. Having said that it can break up a feeding spree if bait fish are disturbed by the motor.
The fish can hear a trolling motor so there is no need to try to be sneaky. Actually being sneaky might spook the fish. Otherwise they don’t mind if you run your trolling motor over
them as long as it’s not too close. A constant hum of a motor staying in position might be annoying where on and off probably is less .

Question: Can you see fish on the depth finder?

Answer: Yes and no. They may look like a school of baitfish, or a few small fish but most of the time when I am catching Walleyes the depth finder doesn’t show anything at all.

Question: Does trolling faster makes the crankbait run deeper?

Answer: No, it makes it run shallower. If you run slow enough you can get a shallow diver to go ten feet deep with light line.

Question: Does feeding out more line make your crankbait go deeper?

Answer: This is missleading, it does make it go deeper to a certain point, then line friction comes into play and it can actually raise your bait making it run shallower.

Question: Is braided line better?

Answer: Some like it but I don’t. I cannot handle line twist and causes a lot of problems when it does. When I jig I get a lot of line twist.
It does not stretch so a fish may feel the hook too easily. It can wrap around rob tip and break the rod. It is hard on rod eyes, now they are making them out of steel
just for braided line.

More coming, I just want to get this out before I forget about it

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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