Tip of the Day
Early fall suspended walleyes.
Mark Martin of Twin Lakes, MI:
> As a rule, you’ll find walleyes suspended just below the surface over deep water haunts, particularly in areas near rock-strewn reefs or sunken islands.
> “Speed, size and scent are crucial when it comes to catching walleyes when they are suspended. I’ll troll at various speeds until I get bit, and then make sure to stick to that pace. After that, I’ll start switching out blades, trying out different sizes and shapes to narrow the bite down more.
> “My harnesses have the freshest bait on them at all times, as the smell and taste of a crawler—kept fresh while in a Frabill Crawler Cabin—is irresistible to most any fish.”
> Overall, Martin aims for speeds from .07 to 1.3 mph when pulling harnesses behind in-line planer boards.
> You’ll find him using #3 and #4 Colorado and Indiana blades when fishing inland lakes, and beefing things up to #5 and #6 blades, and adding willows to the mix, on the Great Lakes and reservoirs where walleyes feed on larger shad.
> Martin generally uses 1-ounce inline weights spaced 6-feet ahead of his spinning blades. With this weight, when trolled at 1 mph, the offering will sink about half the amount of line out behind the board when using 10-pound-test monofilament. (Ex: 30 feet of line out will drop 15 down.)
> Fish don’t always show up on standard sonar when high in the water column, due to them spooking out from under the boat and the transducer’s range. Side Imaging, however, allows anglers to see fish and bait.