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Walleye Trolling Rods: 12-14 feet?

8/28/19 @ 7:59 AM
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Hunter&Hound
User since 7/24/01

Anybody using rods this long for trolling for walleyes?  What brand are you using?

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1/18/20 @ 8:30 PM
Mt Dean
User since 9/8/19

Anyone  know of a good wal leye lake near oceania co mich?

1/18/20 @ 8:28 PM
Mt Dean
User since 9/8/19

Anyone  know of a good wal leye lake near oceania co mich?

11/30/19 @ 11:55 AM
CrawlerHarness
User since 10/10/17

All good information posted here.....I can always learn from others.  


Just a note from me here.....I seem to get 85-90% of my walleye's on my 4 planer boards and only 10-15% on the 2 down rods.  Walleye don't seem to like the lures behind the boat as well as away from the boat.  


On the other hand, I get 90-100% of the northern pike on the 2 down rods.  Northern's don't seem to like the action off the planer boards for some reason.  

11/27/19 @ 7:55 AM
Jerry Ruffolo
User since 6/18/01

I have a pair of Jason Mitchell 14' rods that I use for leadcore trolling.  They were very effective up by Bay de Noc for leadcore spreads.  I have not used them lately, so they sit idle in my garage.  They are also great for Lake Michigan for high lines while trolling for steelhead.  I highly recommend them.  Capt Jerry.

11/26/19 @ 6:07 PM
grizwald
grizwald
User since 2/6/09

Got a buddy that uses long crappie rods trolling harnesses for walleye.

11/25/19 @ 12:05 PM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

I have used many lengths of rods from 5' short's for lead core out the back of the boat, to 14' two piece trolling rods.  I agree with post  below, trying to net a fish by yourself with a long rod is a task.  The 14 footers are just to long, they are Jason Mitchell rods.  The most common rods I use are 8'6" telescoping rods from Okuma, and 10' 2 piece rods again from Okuma.

9/24/19 @ 6:01 PM
12packabs
12packabs
User since 12/19/06

Just 2 cents that no one wants to hear:

I hate any rod over 8'.  I fish alone 99% of the time....try netting a 20" or larger fish with a 10' rod, by yourself, with 2 other lines still out trolling behind the boat.  Try landing anything when alone with a rod 8' or longer....it is not easy.

Everything said about clearances and ease of multiple-line management is 100% true, however.

If I ever fished with anyone else, I'd like them more!

9/13/19 @ 6:31 AM
Hunter&Hound
User since 7/24/01

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8/29/19 @ 7:23 PM
markobd
markobd
MEMBER since 8/1/11

These are used on Lake Geneva to night fish eyes.  2 8' rods vertical off back on either side of transom and 2 12', 14' horizontal.  Allows you to follow contours closely and turn quickly once you find fish as the vertical lines are usually out 40 - 50 ft further than horizontal.  I usually troll with minnkota as baits are closer to boat.

8/29/19 @ 1:31 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

You are correct, I guard mine closely!

I've heard some good things about THESE . Even a 14' in that line-up.

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