It’s getting to be that time of year again. Leaves are falling off the trees and cool blustery days seem more common. Our oppurtunities to get the boat out on the lakes are running out with ice seeming closer and closer.
Fall presents one of the best times of the year to try for big walleyes. Following some general guidelines can help you find monster walleyes.
Increase Your Bait Size
Walleyes are looking for bigger meals this time of year. They are less active, and focus on less effort for catching their meals. If they can catch one big meal, instead of chasing 3 or 4 smaller meals, they will.
Walleyes are cold-blooded animals. With the water getting colder, walleyes will tend to move slower. If you’re fishing with a presentation that is too fast, try slowing it down to trigger a bite.
Find Funnel Areas
Baitfish tend to school up quite a bit more now, and will relate to structure they can travel near. To help narrow down these areas, try to find underwater structure that is narrow, or naturally funnels baitfish.
Fish Structure Adjacent to Deep Water
Walleyes are looking to beef up before winter. They will probably be close to structure that is adjacent to deep water. The baitfish will be there, and so will the walleyes.
Pay Attention to the Sun
With the water getting colder, the sun can warm up different areas of the lake, triggering activity from the smaller fish, thus triggering activity from predator fish, like monster walleyes. Rocks in shallower water tend to heat up with the sun. This is an area you should try out.
Crummy fall weather seems often now, so be sure to get out there a few more times when you can. You don’t want to miss out on your oppurtunity to catch a fish of a lifetime.
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.