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Best Walleye Lures, Baits, and Tactics

Freshwater

Best Walleye Lures, Baits, and Tactics

Walleye fishing seemed so simple back when grandpa first showed you how to put a worm on a hook. That was a damned effective tactic, too. These days, as you’re walking the tackle shop aisles or scrolling endless pages of online gear sites, any thoughts that this type of fishing is a simple affair go...
How to Catch Spawning Walleye

Freshwater

How to Catch Spawning Walleye

I frequently refer to the spring spawning run as “the rut” of walleye fishing. This is the time of year when males and females cohabitate and let their guard down more than any other season. A few basic concepts are all you need to know in order to locate and catch walleyes during their spawn. When...
How to Catch Walleye in Spring

Freshwater

How to Catch Walleye in Spring

As lake ice and cabin fever begin to dissipate, you can bet the walleyes are getting restless too. This is the fishing version of the rut, and it’s arguably the easiest time of year to target walleyes. Before you get ahead of yourself, first you have to find them, then you need to know how to catch...
Meat Hooks: How Not to Kiss Your Dream Walleye Goodbye

Freshwater

Meat Hooks: How Not to Kiss Your Dream Walleye Goodbye

Hogs. Toads. Donkeys. Pigs. Whatever name you prefer, these are the fish you really want to catch. Quantity fills the freezer, but trophies earn the bragging rights. This series is dedicated to the pursuit of the true heavyweights across all species. The meat eaters. So set your drag and sharpen...
Catch More Fish with Drunken Minnows

Freshwater

Catch More Fish with Drunken Minnows

Cheap vodka is good for a lot of things. It can cure almost anything that ails you. If one of those things happens to be a lack of fresh minnows, it can fix that too. A few of the old timers in the Lake Erie perch and walleye scene have told me preserving minnows with Russian vodka was a trick...
Night Wading for Big Fall Walleyes

Walleye

Night Wading for Big Fall Walleyes

Full disclosure, most of the season I make my living driving up and down the lake in an expensive, sparkly disco sled of a boat with the intention of catching the biggest walleyes around. But, truth be told, my favorite time of year is actually when I can leave the boat on the trailer and grab a...