Fishing can be a very relaxing and rewarding activity that allows you to reconnect with nature and spend quality time outdoors, alone or in the company of your best friends and family members. However, it’s not necessarily a cheap hobby as, apart from all the tools and equipment necessary, it also requires plenty of your time and patience.
Fishing for walleyes is no exception but will certainly be a great experience. Walleyes are also called Sander vitreus (scientific name) or pickerels and are easily distinguishable. They come in a gorgeous golden color and can grow up to 30 inches in length or even more.
Walleyes have tender and delicious white meat that’s low in fats and rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which makes it a very popular type of fish served in restaurants all over the world.
If you plan on fishing and cooking your own dinner tonight, here are some tips you should follow to easily catch walleyes.
Find the right location and presentation
Walleyes are pretty aggressive and fast fish so catching them is even more fun for avid fishermen. Finding the perfect spot to fish is crucial if you want to make sure you catch the big ones. Walleyes can be found in both lakes and rivers, and in waters with temperatures of around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
What you use to lure the fish is also important, so make sure you have the right bait. Walleyes are quite pretentious when it comes to their food and this is why it would be better to go to a specialized fishing shop and ask the personnel there to give you the best baits for this type of fish.
Timing is also important if you want to catch walleyes. Ice fishing for walleyes can be made at any hour of the day or night but if you’re opting for regular fishing, you might want to consider the time of the day. The change of lighting at the break of dawn or around sunset usually triggers more activity in the water, so you’ll have increased chances of catching walleyes.
In fact, according to professional fishermen, you’ll catch more walleye in the 90-minute period of time after sundown and before sunup than in any other moment of the day. So be prepared to wake up extremely early in the morning or spend the entire day at the lake if you want to catch that fish.
Don’t ignore the shallow waters
Most anglers focus on medium and deep waters to fish for walleyes, which is not necessarily the best tactic. In fact, ignoring the shallow waters can significantly decrease your chances of getting that catch of the day as there are actually quite a lot of walleyes in small waters.