Walleye can be picky about letting you catch them. First, they are not too active under the ice. Second, you probably won’t find them out in the lake, but rather the inlets where rivers come in or upriver. You can actually save time by starting where the fish start, where they spawn.
The third reason walleye can be pesky is they’re highly adapted to dim or murky water and can see down there. This makes it harder to catch them in good light during the day, or even in clear water. Daybreak and sunset are always good fishing times, and this holds true for ice fishing for walleye. The exception is when you find dark, muddy water. If you consider where the fish spawn and the water clarity, you can probably find walleye. Look for underwater structure where they’ll be hiding too.
Be prepared to move around, looking for fish. Since you’re not out on the lake, you need to explore the river. That said, once you find the fish, stay put and keep at it! I’ve seen anglers find fish and then move on for some reason. If you’re pulling fish out of the water, stay put!
With their annoyingly good eyesight, walleye will be weary of your lure. Bright lures tend to work best in low light or muddy water situations, and they attract walleye. These fish like jigs in the winter, with a slow and steady movement. As mentioned, walleye will be sluggish and won’t chase a jig.
Jason Pitcock has been fishing for over 30 years and for more than 10.He enjoys passing on his
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