12-04-2002, 10:26 AM
I'm new to this site but it appears there are a lot of experienced walley guys here. I'm also a little new to walley fishing. Any tips on getting started? Where are the best places in lakes and rivers to find walleys. And what are some good techniques for guys that are just starting? Any help is greatly appreciated.
12-04-2002, 11:18 AM
I'm going to make this as brief as possible. I'm assuming you fish for trout, given your user name. There are as many ways/techniques to catch walleyes as there is to catch trout. Rivers, reservoirs, bays, small lakes, great lakes, inlets big and small. Trolling, Casting, Jigging, drifting, dead sticking from shore. All these are techniques that work, given different situations, lure offerings and water types. Then the prey fish equation. What are these particular walleyes feeding on. Like the trout, match the hatch. You will not learn all these things very well on your own I'm afraid. Get with some guys who do walleye fish. Hang out and watch others fishing from shore or in boats for walleyes. Take a charter or go with a guide at places as near to your own home as possible. This will give you a leg-up locally, then you can put into effect what you've learned without going 500 miles to practice it. Its not rocket science, but something that one only gets better at when practiced.
12-04-2002, 11:45 AM
I think you will find your trouting experience quite helpful. Some of the methods you learned for roe bags and yarnflies are similar to some of the live bait fishing I do for walleye. Post spawn walleye fishing can be done with the same equipment you use now. A simple egg sinker set up with a live minnow is deadly in the spring. A good noodle rod is extra sensitive helping you feel those light pick-ups. If you know there is a walleye population in a river, look in the deeper pools in the day time. At night look for them in shallower slower water as they chase the baitfish. Telling us your location may help you get more specific answers.
12-04-2002, 11:59 AM
Read the posts, and go to the Pro Page (see link at top of page). There's more good info here on walleye fishing than on hundreds of dollars worth of fishing books and magazines.
12-04-2002, 03:51 PM
Also go to Search for specific info in a given area: jigging, trolling etc. When you start I found the key is to know what questions to ask. These guys are great.
Put the "e" on walley and you are all set. Had to kid.
12-04-2002, 04:22 PM
If you want to make a bit of an investment that will pay off, purchase the set of walleye books published by In-Fisherman magazine. They are paperback and not too expensive ($12.95 each) and cover just about anything you can imagine about walleye fishing from the very basics to advanced including all the questions you are asking. You might start with the first three (of 5) since you are a novice - they cover the basics pretty well. I really enjoyed reading them and learned alot. the website and page is
12-04-2002, 05:08 PM
Like many have said: "What a site". Any other comments on the In Fisherman collection would be appreciated. Looks like a good Christmas gift for my son in law OR Me!
Thanks for the info
12-05-2002, 10:12 AM
Thanks, Fish. I live in Northern Indiana so I fish around here and in Southwestern Michigan. I also go to Ontario in the summer.