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By Lisa Roper
I find these two methods work, for me, when it comes to fishing for Walleye with spoons.
As every angler knows, each day on the water can be quite different. There are so many factors that effect fishing in open water; when the ice melts into the lake, the depth of the open water, the outside temperature, the water temperature, and the amount of feed influence how the fish are biting.
The day I caught my personal best Walleye in mid-June, we had 3 days of rain prior to that morning. We headed out fishing at 7:00 am and by 10:00am it was already hot -- the daily high hit over 30 degrees and there was an active heat warning. The fish were hitting hard in 7 to 9 feet of water. In the morning I was having success catching Walleye with a No. 2 Len Thompson Super Glow Five of Diamonds. When we returned that evening the temperature started to cool down and the Walleye (including my personal best) were hammering down on the No. 13 Grey Ghost from the Dimpled Series – single hook. Both hooks had muted colours with pops of orange which we found very effective at the time.
I am beyond blessed to have landed a Walleye that I will always be proud of.
Lisa's story and the video (above) was picked up by CBC News in June 2018 when an Edmonton reporter saw her photo getting a lot of attention on an Alberta based Facebook fishing group.
He was 28.5 inches and unfortunately I didn't have the scale on the boat with me so I was a little disappointed," she said. "I would have loved to get a weight on him but I know I can tell you he was really heavy." Roper estimates the fish was well over 10 pounds but she doesn't believe it would have beat the 15.8-pound record for the heaviest walleye caught in Alberta. Still, Roper's smiling face was evidence that this was a big deal. Read more...
3/23/2020 11:03:14 am
I have found that sudden speed variance is the key when choice of speed is not.
10/9/2021 11:22:10 am
Agreed, thanks for sharing.
5/2/2020 04:46:45 pm
I often combine your two techniques for walleye, trolling and bouncing them off the bottom. I keep my boat running slow, too slow to work the lure, but at a speed where when I make a long, slow forward sweep with my rod the lure is moving the proper speed. Sweep the rod forward while trolling like this, then bring the rod back and let the spoon flutter down. Experiment with your line length until the lure is just barely tagging the bottom before the speed of the boat tightens up your line and you make another sweep.
10/9/2021 11:23:01 am
Great information, thank you for sharing.
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