Top summer tactics for weed walleyes
I like pursuing weed walleyes because the average angler doesn’t target these fish nearly enough. They demand slightly different tactics but weeds can be a prime fishing spot. I’ve done this in Canada and in the States, and it’s generally an untapped resource. Bottom line, it’s no accident when bass guys occasionally catch walleyes.
Walleyes like weeds because quite often it’s 5 degrees cooler in the weeds, not to mention there’s ample food sources, plus less fishing and boating pressure.
Wind plays big role in weed walleyes. A wind blowing into a flat at 8 to 10 miles per hour can produce great fishing because the food chain is stacking up. Sparse cabbage and coontail with a light wind in 8 to 12 feet of water: Look out!
And we’re not just talking emergent vegetation. Casting crankbaits (especially lipless ones) can be very productive over a weed flat or sunken island.
Also try lightweight jigs with a plastic dressing. If you’re into aggressive fish, a power grub works well with no bait. Or you can use a piece of crawler or leech and cast into weed pockets. Use your rod tip to raise up and drop down, all the way to edge of weedline. Once you reach the weedline, keep retrieving until you’re all the way under the boat. Many times that walleye will follow all the way out!
Another fun system is to cast a bobber system or rig with a colored hook and bead into those pockets, especially in a tougher bite. Stick with minnows to keep bluegills off your rig, or hook a leech through neck, not the sucker. Your leech may wind up around the hook, but that’s a cost of doing business and preserving some leeches.
In a tough bite, use your electric trolling motor to take you right up tight to weed edge, then tie your own weedless live bait rig with a bullet sinker, just as you would for bass. Generally use no more than a 36-inch snell, and do not leave a lot of line outside the boat. For live bait, use leeches or a whole crawler.
Walleyes in the weeds: They’re an untapped resource!