TopicTop 7 Unconventional River Walleye Fishing Tips
1. Do Follow the Masses
Words travel fast about hot fishing spots and soon the masses hear about it and you'll find that each weekend more and more boats are fishing in that particular walleye fishing hot spot. If you are fishing "new" waters, don't be afraid to muscle yourself into the action top baitcasting reels.
2. Check out the landscape
Look for long stretches of beach/river front that are shallow with a sudden drop off. Daytime walleye fishing is best in these drop off areas. Don't be afraid to move into very deep cold waters to find your walleye.
3. Do Give Night Walleye Fishing a try
This ties into our number 2 unconventional walleye fishing tips. I like to find that long stretch of beach that has a drop off and a shallow 10 ft or less area that has a weed bed close to shore. This 10 ft. area needs to be at least 50 yards wide. The simple reason for this area is because the walleye sit in the drop offs during the day and at night they go hunting for food and they don't have to travel far to find it.
4. Tube Baits Work
I can't even begin to tell you how many times we were out fishing for bass in deeper waters and we end up catching a walleye. Walleye eat just about anything in the summer and tube baits should be used when your worm harnesses don't work. Changing presentations in known walleye waters need to include tube baits.
5. Leader Length is important
Fishing river walleye normally includes bottom bouncers. It is the number one walleye rig on the Columbia River after March. If your walleye waters are murky then you don't need a very long leader. If the water is clear, you need to get that walleye harness back further behind your bottom walker.
6. Bobber Fishing for Walleye
Greatly influenced by steelhead fisherman, fishing with bobbers is picking up momentum. Once you figure out the depth of the river where walleye are holding, nothing works better than a worm presentation without all the distractions of a walleye harness. Any type of invisible fishing line works best because the only thing the fish will see is a worm tumbling downstream.
7. Run Crankbaits in Deep Waters
Many a fisherman thinks that a crankbait can only be fished at the depth of the manufacturers specifications. When we troll upstream for walleye and we are fishing a deep drift in the river, we'll slip on some weights about 4 feet above the crankbait so we can reach depths below 30 feet. When I first tried this method I simply attached a leader on a bottom walker and tied on my crankbait.
These Top 7 Unconventional River Walleye Fishing Tips work or I wouldn't be sharing them with you. The next time you are out on the river, don't be afraid to give these a try, especially when you are close to limiting out. I know a lot of you probably "catch and release" and many rivers have a size limit. This makes testing new methods easier, but make sure you have had some success catching fish, first. I hate it when friends tell me a certain method sucks when they didn't try it until they were about ready to go home skunked again.