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Find The Green, Find The Fish

Finding fall green weeds can pay big dividends for walleye

by Mike Frisch

Find The Green, Find The Fish Finding fall green weeds can pay big dividends for walleye Several falls ago I experienced my best fall of fishing and some of the best overall fishing of my entire career by fishing a small shallow lake near my home. This particular lake is river fed, has dark dingy water and, though the weeds don't grow that deep, they are very thick where they do grow.

On a mid-October day during that fall, I happened to be drifting along a weedline with the boat holding in about seven feet of water when a walleye ate the jig and minnow combination that was dragging behind. I landed the fish, rebaited, and quickly repositioned the boat for another pass over the spot the fish had come from. That pass resulted in another 17-inch walleye in my net. The next two passes produced similar results.

Realizing I had found a hot spot, I used the anchor mode on my trolling motor to hold the boat in place – a bit out from where the fish were holding – and started pitching a light jig and fathead minnow to the productive spot. Over two dozen walleyes were caught – and most released – that day.

Using this process of elimination, anglers can often find green living weeds and the walleye gold that lives in them.
Using this process of elimination, anglers can often find green living weeds and the walleye gold that lives in them.
Subsequent trips to that spot produced similar catches and, in fact, I used the spot to guide groups of late season guide clients to good catches from. The fishing stayed good well into late fall as I remember my last day fishing the hotspot was November 20 and that I had to dodge ice chunks on my way to and from the fish.

What made this particular spot so productive? Simply put, the area had a patch of weeds – some cabbage and some what I called "junk weeds" for lack of a better term. What made these weeds especially appealing however was the fact that they were green and still living and stayed that way late into the season. Green, living weeds not only provide good cover for fish during fall, but the oxygen they give off draws baitfish which makes them even more appealing.

What was interesting is that as fall progressed the walleyes had to "share" the spot with other fish as big northern pike and some lunker largemouth bass were caught from the area too.

What is even more interesting is that this is an easy pattern to duplicate. By staying on the move and using today's sonar technologies anglers can now "see" off to the sides of our boats and identify weeds. A quick cast or two will often tell us the state of that vegetation and whether it deserves some fishing attention or should be skipped in favor of further searching. Using this process of elimination, anglers can often find green living weeds and the walleye gold that lives in them.

In conclusion, if finding walleye gold is a goal of yours yet this fall, consider a trip to the weeds of your favorite lake as that trip just might reward you with the season's best fishing.

Good luck in your search for walleye gold and remember to include a youngster in your next outdoors adventure!

Author Mike Frisch
Mike Frisch
About the author:
Mike Frisch hosts the popular Fishing the Midwest TV series and is a co-founder of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's School of Fish. Visit www.fishingthemidwest.com to see all things Fishing the Midwest.

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