I keep reading about guys fishing Walleyes in the weeds, but they never talk about presentation. How do you guys fish them?
Fishing Walleyes in the weeds
Something I have done is pulled spinners with no weight on them over the weed beds using the Church Mini Boards. Let out 30' of line or so and attached the board, send it out to the side of the boat and over the weed bed.
Fishing Swimbaits for Walleye and Pike at night:
Swimbaits work very well for pike and walleye at night. A great natural color for night time fishing is the Berkely Flatback shad in Pearl Blue color. It is also a fantastic color during the day. At night, it shows as somewhat of a solid light silver, and its easily seen by all fish. Now if your not getting knocked by natural colors- try this:
Take a white or opaque/ solid silver colored swim bait in any of your favorite brands. My favorite for this trick is the Berkely flatback shad in Peach Pearl- which I literally have a lifetime supply of just for this reason. Now take some of the scented plastic lure dye and dye the body of the swimbait neon yellow. Yes..neon yellow. You can now take a swimbait and make it a highly visible nightime fishing tool that fish slam. It works- I have caught many pike and walleye using this trick and honestly when I fish this dyed neon yellow swimbait at night I never get skunked. It is highly visible so even pike can spot from yards away and slam it. I have seen walleye swim after this dyed swimbait from 25 plus yards away using a spotlight in shallow cold water during the fall, And the garlic smells good. Try it...good fishing everyone....
Thanks for the detailed response WalleyeSwimbait. You are obviously a jig fisherman. I never really picked up on jigging myself, although I have caught a few fish jigging. Like I said earlier, I am partial to crawler harnesses.
"Beware of the man with only one gun- he likely knows how to use it"-
same goes for fishing lures.
Nemab man- unfortunately they are discontinued but you can still find them online I beleive. They are a pretty firm plastic so they last a good amount of fish. You can use other 5 inch swim shad bodies also. The MC brand 5 inch swimbaits are the closest I have found to the Berkley's.They are a little softer also. They will get hung up on hard items like stumps and trees but once you get the hang of retreiving them that seems to really not happen a lot. The storm wildeye swim shads are good also. They are a one piece swimbait with the hook already rigged up. They are pretty good but the Flatback shad from Berkely is the best I have ever used. It has the right colors, firmness, scent and vibration that makes fish eat them. They are not gulp so you wont get crap all over your nails and blouse. The Owner jig heads are expensive but they are by far the best bullet head in the world. They are heavy duty salt water grade and you can only get them online. The kalins work well and other triangle swimbait heads work also. I am not selling these just offering tips to my fellow fisherman. They work on many species and thats what makes them so impressive. I have never seen a bait that you can fish that will catch many different species. These are the best for Walleye and Pike, but the bass, musky, salmon, even catfish love these swimbaits.
WalleyeSwimbait, where can I get these Berkeley lures that you are selling and how do the plastic jigs that you are selling compare in effectiveness and cost efficiency to a nightcrawler on a harness? They look just like a plastic tail jig to me. Also what is the differences in the tendency to snag and if snagged what is the retrieval to loss ratio? Third, are these those scented swimbaits where the things rot with the smells and the gagging and the fishing partner knows I need a bath?
'Cause I ain't buying that commercial.. Thanks.
To the original question - Fishing in the weeds kind of depends on the weeds. I am partial to crawler harnesses and they work well in the edges of thick weeds. Just crank it in till it stops and lift. If its a weed the crawler harness will climb the weeds when you lift. If you feel a fish when you lift set the hook.
Fishing walleye in the weeds at the lake where I live requires finding pockets at the weed edges where they turn in or out and fish those just outside the weed edge at dusk with leeches under small floats set about 18" deep . I let the breeze float this through these pockets and the walleyes do the rest . These shallow fish are very spooky , so usually have to be in place before the sun goes down , so as not to spook them when you arrive .
Most walleye anglers look for hard bottom structure, but weed beds can often hold the mother load of big eyes. There are a number of lures and presentations you can use to catch walleye out of the weeds. Flashy crank baits and spoons are some of the more popular choices. Here we break down everything you need to know about: How To Catch Walleye In The Weeds