Walleye fishing secrets for weed beds include using baits that will put more and bigger fish on your hook. Weed beds are perfect hiding spots for Walleye, and knowing which baits and presentations work best can really help boost your walleye fishing success rate. During the daytime one of the best techniques to use for weed beds is to troll slowly using a live bait rig, with a fat crawler or an active leech attached. This method will allow you to cover a large surface of water faster and easier, with a better chance of a successful bite.
Another presentation that can work very effectively in weeds that are clumped together is a weedless jig that weighs between one eighth and one sixteenth of an ounce. The bait to use with this is a crawler or other worm type, and this presentation works very well in calm weather conditions. Troll with this bait in a slow but steady pace over the weed beds, without any stops and starts which can startle the fish and chase them out of the area. Once the sun goes down, the Walleye may move even further into the weed beds. Troll over the entire weed bed with a crankbait that runs shallow, and then work on the inside edge of the weeds. This can be a good way to catch a trophy Walleye.
One preferred crankbait in this situation is the Rattlin Rogue, which is very effective for trolling the top surface and outside edges of the weed beds. If you are trolling the deeper edges of the bed then a Wally Diver or other bait that dives deep may be needed to reach the Walleye on the bottom. Once the sun goes down and the feeding frenzy starts with the Walleye, the bait and presentation may not be as important as it is during the day. Understanding the depth of the weeds and how compact they are can help determine which baits and presentations to use: If the weeds are extremely thick, some baits and presentations may result in a lot of aggravation and time lost clearing weeds from your line.
One presentation that seems to work well for most weed beds is to continuously switch from the shallow edges to the deeper center of the weed bed, trolling back and forth, to find out where the fish are located in the weed beds. At times the Walleye may be on the outer edges, and at other times the fish may move in towards the center. Paying attention to the amount and thickness of the weeds can determine whether the your presentations should go through the weeds or above and around them instead.
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