There are specific situations that require the deep water bite over chasing a shallow water bite. Spring is notorious for a superficial water attack as the ice clears off the North bays and also coasts will certainly heat up first.
For those that don’t believe walleye set up much of a fight clearly have not experienced superficial water walleyes.
The inquiry is …
“What is taken into consideration shallow water”? This is actually up to each person’s perception. I’m looking for water that is 10 feet or much less when I look at a fishery and want to attack the shallow water. Much of the time, I’m fishing in much less than 5 feet of water.
Time after time, while I’m directing, I hear my customers state they can not think we are fishing so shallow as well as capturing fish, specifically during the pet dog days of summer season. I’m a firm follower that you can discover a walleye shallow 365 days a year. That may appear a little hooky to you yet if you have actually fished with me you will see I constantly begin shallow as well as function my means right into the deeper water no matter the moment of year. Why do I think walleye are shallow 365 days a year? It’s really quite basic.
Shallow water is warm; baitfish like warm water, vegetation grows thicker and also much faster in cozy shallow water. Where there is plant life there is oxygen and bait, and also where there is bait there is probably a hungry walleye. As a killer fish, it’s just the laws of nature. Of course, this doesn’t indicate I do not ever fish for much deeper fish. But I do target shallow water first, particularly on a brand-new body of water.
What little bait there is in the system will certainly be in those warmer areas. This is one of my favored times of year to fish as the water is still rather clean and also clear. If you can locate an institution of fish you can actually put the slap down on them. Early period is a good time to pitch jigs such as Northland Tackle Current Cutter Jig rigged with an Impulse Core Swimbait. A Fireball jig tipped with a live fathead minnow or shiner is always excellent, as well as, a stand-up jig for vertical angling in the river current.
The usage of plastics, such as the Impulse Core Swimbait, BFishn Moxi or a Berkley Havoc Beat Shad, all have ribbed bodies that trigger the bait to put off even more vibration as well as autumn slower in the water column, which is excellent in early springtime when the fish are much less aggressive. Slowing your lure down in very early springtime can make a substantial distinction in the quantity of fish you put in the boat and also one method to do this, without knowingly thinking about it, is to utilize monofilament line. I’m a huge fan of the incredibly lines as well as use them 95% of the time, nonetheless early spring calls for monofilament sometimes.
Shallow water walleyes are clear, specifically to the serious angler, however what many people lose out on is the warm bite that can take place during the summer season on superficial water walleyes.
By nature, we have actually been educated over the years that a walleye is a great water species so they will go deep once the water temperatures start to climb during the mid to late summer season. This holds true for much of the walleye in a specific body of water, however, a walleye is still near the top of the food chain and also the fish is a go-getter, going where ever before the easiest meal can be found which is shallow much of the time. Simply consider trying to catch a little minnow in an area where it can swim easily evading its predators by diving down or swimming higher or just keep out-swimming them side to side. Currently think of skinny water where the minnow has really little space to swim as well as the predator can pin the bait up superficial, versus rocks and/or structure and also the plant life that is most likely existing that the killer can conceal in waiting on the perfect moment to assail the college of lure.
It simply makes sense, right?
Like any freshwater types, walleye need oxygen to make it through and that is determined in PPM (parts per million). When looking for superficial water eyes in the summer months it’s crucial that greenery is present. Vegetation creates oxygen in addition to cover. This is what brings in the baitfish which in turn brings in the killer fish. I look for just about any sort of plant life I can as most bodies of water will certainly have a various type of weed or turf growth.
If you’re lucky enough to have Cabbage weed existing, which produces a lot of oxygen, that’s an excellent area to start. Exact same goes with Milfoil weed (best in early springtime). Milfoil is an intrusive types and also can choke out a whole system by late summertime.
Bulrush, which is a tall lawn, is what I locate myself fishing around the majority of the moment, and is another great greenery that can grow up to a few feet out of the water making it very easy to determine, many times holding some huge fish. Now I know I said walleye need a particular amount of oxygen to endure however don’t get me wrong, I have actually seen walleye chase lure in one foot of 80º water and also eat like a king till they are dead.
A hungry walleye can be as clueless as a buck in rut.
Most anglers move out into the much deeper water by July and also start to pull lower baby bouncers as well as troll crankbaits targeting the deep water fish. There are definitely days I will do this too but I can attest that if I can discover a superficial water bite it’s mosting likely to be a hot bite as those fish are there for just one factor as well as this is to feed. Much of the time these are aggressive as well as big fish as well as definitely a great deal even more fun to capture pitching a jig versus dragging a crankbait around in 30 feet of water.
Once you have actually found some respectable plant life to target it’s most efficient to start with casting a crankbait to cover as much water as feasible in order to find active fish. I choose to make use of a Berkley Bad Shad or a Berkley War Pig for this presentation. The War Pig is a lipless crankbait and I can adjust the deepness I want to fish it by the rate of my obtain which is wonderful if there is a framework and even pockets I want to function it over or right into. If you’re river angling a lot of the time you will be able to troll these superficial water spots as they can run on for a mile.
A great means to cover that shallow water is to utilize Off Shore Tackle Planer boards.
These will certainly get your lures out away from the boat so you’re not startling these fish when you drive directly over them. One more approach is to release an arsenal of 12′ rods out the side of the watercraft with two 5′ poles directly out the back. I spend a great deal of my time on the Missouri River system near Yankton, South Dakota, on Lewis as well as Clark Lake. This certain body of water isn’t the clearest so running these brief poles straight out the back of the watercraft in 4 feet of water hasn’t been a concern as of. Often the disruption the prop has actually made can trigger a bite. As the water temps boost and summer season progresses so does the walleye’s metabolic rate. Their metabolic rate will certainly boost with water temp and also the fish will require to eat even more as well as be more hostile.
The pet days of summertime have been referred to for too long as not a good time to be fishing.
I can inform you it’s not the warm water that is making the bite hard, it’s the competitors of bait fish in the system by mid to late summer. Typically, around August, the majority of the bait has actually hatched out and also the walleye are feeding upon the little shad, which implies a pair things to the angler. “Match the hatch” might be an expression you have actually listened to a hundred times or to obtain outside the box and attempt something that is strange that will certainly obtain their interest. I constantly scale down in late summer season utilizing # 5 crankbait size as well as light jigs with 1/2 a night spider or squeezing off part of the plastic to look like a Mayfly or an insect larva.
I target these locations as long as I can into the fall. The greenery will usually stand up till late loss depending on the body of water as well as I recognize I can generally locate fish there. As the days obtain much shorter and the water temperatures begin to gradually drop these areas that were locations in mid-summer can be impressive places at night hours of the loss. The walleye once more will certainly try to pin the bait fish up in the shallow water at night making this is a blast to upsize your baits as well as hang on for a big one!
Loss superficial water walleye can be the best as you truly have a fantastic shot of hooking right into a real prize.
Shallow running stick lures function wonderful for this time of year as do jigs set up with fluke kind style bodies. If you can not locate an active bite, next time you struck the water this springtime or summertime bear in mind to begin superficial as well as work your means out to much deeper water. When that shallow water attack hits as it can be quick and also fun, you will certainly be glad you did. I have actually had walleye come out of the water like a bass and also splash around like a pike when striking the bait. These fish are strong as well as aggressive in superficial water and also they will allow you know it once the hook is established, so hold on.