Must-Try Tactics for Walleye Rigging
Fall season is thought to be the best walleye rigging period of
the year. During this season, walleye have the tendency to be more
congregated as they mostly focus on deep structures.
As the majority of the water gets colder, walleye tend to move
deeper and deeper to find more stable temperatures. The majority of
them will concentrate at drop offs and steeper shore regions. There
might be exceptions to this, but generally speaking, this is the
way walleye behave.
When looking for an excellent drop off, search for areas with
larger flats or reefs commonly extending to the shorelines. These
parts are known to be the spawning areas for walleye baits. As
walleye approach the flats, they usually set themselves up on the
drop off sides and then move into steeper shorelines where winds
usually blow off. If there are longer wind blows, there will be
better chances that they will stack.
Anglers must be aware that a pile of walleye won't be an easy
catch as these windblown shorelines make them biters. In this case,
electronics are helpful because you can easily mark the walleye at
depths of twenty feet or more. This will allow visibility. When in
shallow bodies of water, marking walleye can be very difficult
although it is still a possibility. They move very slowly during
the fall season. Using electronics, you can easily zoom to the
bottom at approximately ten feet. It is important to take note that
you should never fish for walleye unless you have actually seen
them on deeper drop offs to be able to save time.
Another consideration when using electronics is to start from
the deeper side and then move up to shallower bodies. If you
luckily marked a walleye, jot down a note and continue moving on to
another sector of the chosen drop. If another walleye has been
marked again, fishing for them should be started. Marker buoys
should be placed atop of the drop or on the particular depth where
you marked them. This will then create a reliable visual guide for
you as you work on the structure. You can always move back to the
place where you started even if you accidentally blow off a certain
spot while fishing.
The best thing in walleye rigging during the fall season is to
get comfortable when searching for depths of any lake. The seasons
turnover is favorable as the water is cooler forcing warm water to
the top. The blowing wind also contributes to this and when
turnover comes to an end, most conditions are stabilized which
makes easier ways to pattern their behavior.