Sitting nice and snug inside the Frabill, it was hard to believe what had just happened. Just as I began to anticipate a bite and hookset, a curious thing occurred. Instead of striking, the walleye just hovered there, inches from my lure, refusing to eat.
Photo by Eric Engbretson. Rocks typically come to mind when anglers visualize walleye habitat. Stoney points and reefs are classic structures fish use throughout the season.
There is a paradox of strategy with many B. When they fish riversanglers often compete for backwater areas without current. From above, the Allegheny River may look the same but in about a mile I can find areas that are dominant in silt, gravel, rocks, or boulders.
Inland Washington and Oregon anglers are fanatic about their walleye. Even the best fishing pals alter background detail on photos to hide a secret spot. Such possessive behaviors are standard for those pursuing the next pound walleye from the Columbia River.
If the situation's right and the mood strikes it, that pound walleye you've been trying to catch might turn its snout away from your lure and scarf up a dead minnow instead. It's a fact of walleye behavior that's often discounted. Fishing "The Graveyard" years ago—a popular rock and gravel bar on Mille Lacs, Minnesota—friends and I deployed an underwater camera inside our large wheeled shelter to spy on a school of walleyes that refused to bite.
Find the latest articles and blog posts, search through old articles and find a wealth of information to help you get pumped and ready for your next trip! Wind is a fact of life. Many of the lakes that we fish are large and exposed and subject to windy and rough conditions.
Catching fish once you have pinpointed them is easy compared to what you need to know and the amount of effort it takes finding them in the first place. The steps to follow in locating fish under the ice is no easy task. Anglers heading out on lakes with little or no ice fishing pressure are in for some plain old hard work.
But the ways of the walleye are mysterious, and few Show-Me State anglers have cracked the code. They are active throughout winter, when most anglers are indoors. This sensitivity makes them shy of bright light. They retreat to deep water during the day, coming into shallower water to feed from dusk to dawn.