Crankbaits for walleyes: Here’s what to know as seasons change
Crankbaits are a proven lure for walleyes throughout the open-water season.
The type of crankbait you employ, however, varies depending on the season. In the cold water of spring and late fall, walleyes prefer a subtle, side-to-side wobble versus more animated action. As water temperatures increase and walleye metabolism gets a jumpstart, cranks with an energetic action start to get noticed. When water temperatures peak during the summer months walleyes are in full-time gorge mode, so crankbaits that exhibit a dynamic shimmy and tight wobble at slightly faster speeds get the nod.