Where To Find The Walleyes In Your Lake – 2018 Walleye Fishing!

Where To Find The Walleyes?

Every lake is unique, but the structure where the Walleyes are and their patterns are very similar. So once you understand structure, feeding, and seasonal effects it should not take you long to locate Walleyes in any lake.

Does The Season Affect Where The Walleyes Are?

Yes the season change from Spring to Winter will affect the depths and aggressiveness of the feeding Walleyes, but the structures (Flats, Sandbars, Weed-lines, Rock edges, etc.) do not change, thus continue to fish the same structures giving attention to depth, bait, and color.

What Are The Walleye Patterns?

Spring Walleyes are either spawning or done laying eggs depending on your open season, but either way you will want to focus on the shallower depths. Weed-lines near sandbars are great early morning and late evening, otherwise move out unto the rock edges, shallow flats, and sandbars, working depths of 12 -17 feet. In the Summer time the Walleye bite tends to slow and you will find them suspended 11 – 14 feet, so work those deeper weed-lines, sandbars, and drop-offs. In the Fall the Walleye bite picks up again, but the bait fish have gotten larger and have moved to deeper water, so you will want to work your same structures just a little deeper, say 14 to 24 feet.

Catching A Few Wallyese

How To Fillet A Walleye

R & R Fishing! 2018

Relaxing & Enjoying – Fishing In The Rain

It was the first weekend of August and raining as the thunderstorms were rolling through, but the wind was calm and there was no lightning in the sky. So I decided I would just go out and relax on the water, fishing for whatever would bite and enjoy this incredible day (I love being in the Rain). So I grab my rain jacket and my poles and off I went for anything that would bite with little effort on my part.

Catching Bass

I first tried for Bass using a Yellow/orange NORTHLAND Buzzbait (⅜ oz), which produced a lot of action, but struggled finding any bass over 2 pounds. I then tried going deep, using the Bandit 300 and still the same result, no big fish. So where are they, why are then not biting, and do I just try later and focus on something else? So I decided to switch to my Walleye rods and stayed out in deeper water, casting for Walleyes.


Catching Walleyes

Here I was using the Bandit 300 (Yellow / Bumblebee) and casting the ice fishing Rapala (green, glow, and bronze). We tied into four walleyes, one being over 20 inches but lost that Walleye when trying to net him. We did manage to land three smaller Walleyes. After an hour of Walleye fishing I decided to relax even more and grabbed the Bluegill rods and started casting for a few Bluegills.


Catching Bluegills

For bluegills I used a small jig with flashabou skirting on it, tipping with a Gulp Maggot (pink). The bluegills ran small 6.5 inches to 7.5 inches, but we caught plenty for a meal or two.

How The Day Went

It rained off and on, there was no lighting or thunder, and the wind was not to be found. The action was great, but the fish ran small, which is unusual for this lake. So a perfect day for relaxing, fishing, and enjoying the weather! “You know a day fishing beats any day working”.

Catching Walleyes For Dinner!

Fresh Walleyes For Dinner

It’s the last weekend of June, the storms and flooding have the fish hunkered down, so can I still catch a enough Walleyes for Dinner? Well yes, but it took all three of my top Walleye Baits to catch them.

Where To Find The Walleyes

From the flooding of the lake, debris everywhere, and the water looking like mud will my top three Walleye baits catch fish in the areas I typically find feeding Walleyes? Well after an hour or so of fishing the weed-lines and not catching even a bass I started to think not. Next I worked myself out to the sandbars focusing on deeper water, which did offer up a few nice Walleyes.

What Baits To Use

I started early Friday night along the weed-lines and worked my way out to the edge of the sandbars before I picked up my first Walleye. The fish were on the bottom and I had to use old faithful (Ice Fishing Rapala) as the Bandit 200 & 300 was not getting down deep enough. My first Walleye was on a silver #7 Ice Fishing Rapala.

The next morning at 5:30 am I was hoping the Walleyes would be in the weeds feeding as the water was getting clearer and I had seen a few bait-fish the night before. However, the only thing I was catching were Northern Pike, so again I headed out past the sandbars. I started with the Ice Fishing Rapala, but nothing. Next I went to a 300 series Bandit, which will dive approximately 11 feet and picked up my first Walleye of the Morning. This told me that the Walleyes were starting to come back up off the bottom.

That same night around 6 pm I went out again, but started a the sandbar drop-off. I tried the Ice Fishing jig first, no luck, then went to Bumble Bee Bandit 300 Series, no luck, then to the Red Crab 200 Series Bandit (dives approximately 8 feet) and caught my first Walleye. This confirms that the Walleyes on this lake are coming off the bottom and soon will be feeding near the weed-lines again.

I will be out there again for the 4th of July weekend. Hopefully the boating action will not affect the fishing action. Enjoy the video.

The Best Walleye Bait For All Seasons

Catching Walleyes

Catching Walleyes is not hard as long as you have the right bait. Now you can use minnows, leaches, nigh-crawlers, ect.. but if you want to limited the different types of baits then the ice Fishing Jigging Rapala is one you want to have. The Jigging Rapala is the best all Season Walleye bait out there!

Jigging Rapala

I like to get through the Morel Mushroom season before fishing for Walleyes & Bluegills, but the temperatures have been so warm this Spring I needed to get out onto the lakes. Now this year has been outstanding so far for Walleyes and as in the past years the Jigging Rapala is my top Walleye bait, then the 200 & 300 series Bandit.

Jigging Rapala In Action

When using the Ice Fishing Jigging Rapala in open water you want to find a sand bar or weed line for your casting and retrieving. Start with the #7 size Rapala and move to a #5 if you are not getting any bites. I have found in some cases the Walleyes prefer the smaller #5 Rapala over the #7.

How To Fillet a Walleye

When you fillet a Walleye you want to make sure you fillet the cheeks of the Walleye also, as these are the best tasting part of the Walleye. Then you want to remove the thin layer of bones in your fillet, these steps are shown in this video.

How To Catch Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes – The Best Fish Fry of 2016

Fishing For Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes On The Same Trip

Last week I was asked to take two young couples fishing for the weekend, so I asked them what they wanted to fish for? Everything was the reply, so I pulled out the Fly Rods and we caught large Bluegills for the first 1.5 days. The last part of the second day, the rain picked up and the temperatures dropped, so we then turned to the Open-Bail Spin Casting Rods and started to fish for Bass, Northern, and Walleyes.

Best Baits For Catching Bluegills, Bass & Walleyes – A Great Fish Fry

My plan for the trip was to have fun, catch all three fish types, catch enough Panfish for a fish fry, and to teach these two very attractive young girls how to use a Fly Rod and Spin-Casting Rod.

For the baits I stayed with artificial since I wanted to use something that would create a visual strike for the Bluegills, Bass, & Northern. For the Bluegills we used my homemade Dry Flies (Spiders) and for the Bass and Northern we used our homemade top-water poppers. Both of these baits worked well giving us lots of top water action. For the Walleyes we had to go deeper so I went with the 200 Bandit and the Ice Fishing Rapala, which is my number Walleye bait.


The Fish Fry

The fishing was great and we kept plenty of fish for our fish fry. We prepared the fish by first filleting them, then cutting the fillets into bite sizes, soaking those in buttermilk for a few minutes, rolling them into floor with a little seasoning, and then dropped them into hot peanut oil. Oh so good!