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#11724354 - 07/15/16 11:09 AM My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question
DCmac Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/02/12
Posts: 1751
Loc: SW Okla
What a gorgeous fish! I've seen pictures but they don't even come close to doing this fish justice. From what I got off www, at 10-12" it was just a baby. LOT of fun on ultralight. Thought it was a smallmouth until I got it out of the water. Caught on a small popper, think a Storm Chug Bug or something like that.

Question: Was my surface popper catch sort of typical or was it a fluke? I was fishing from shore in 10-12' water in a small cove. I'd been led to believe that walleye are pretty much a bottom dwelling fish.
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#11724413 - 07/15/16 11:41 AM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
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Registered: 09/14/09
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True you will catch more near the bottom year round. Especially in clear water. I have caught many eyes and the best lure for is jigs, add a night crawler or minnow. But when searching them out this works well, I have caught more on this color the stick baits work well for walleye for some reason:

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#11724525 - 07/15/16 12:52 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 02/26/05
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Dang good to eat !!!!!

#11724700 - 07/15/16 02:31 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
Allen Bass Fisher Online   content
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1757
Loc: Allen, TX
Surface Walleye is a fluke. Generally they like deep, cold water with a rocky bottom. Caught lots of Walleye's when I lived up north. Most on jig and minnow or trolling with a spinner rig with a minnow or leech. They also like night crawlers. Like SALLYSUE said, "Dang good to eat!!!".

#11724737 - 07/15/16 02:49 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
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They put some in our lake years ago but they didnt make it

#11730565 - 07/19/16 12:28 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: SALLYSUE]
ratandjmt Offline

Registered: 03/31/15
Posts: 53
Loc: San Antonio
I was in ND for 3 years and caught a butt load of Walleye. A few were near the surface but most were from using bottom bouncers with a 1-2' lead attached.

I don't see bottom bouncers fished much here but I actually have caught a few reds and catfish at Calaveras using the method. I usually fish like that when I'm eating a sandwich or something. I just get around 25-30' and let the wind do the work for me.

Originally Posted By: SALLYSUE
Dang good to eat !!!!!

They sure are. Don't forget the cheeks when cleaning them.

#11731107 - 07/19/16 04:23 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
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Registered: 03/02/05
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Loc: Kansas
Caught many walleye in Canada with a bottom bouncer, and a worm, minnow, or leech on the hook.

#11731149 - 07/19/16 04:50 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
glen6131 Offline

Registered: 05/25/09
Posts: 134
Loc: Waxahachie Tx
Great job on the eye. I fish for them in Minn every year and there is no tellin where you will catch em. Caught em 60 feet down as well as a 30 incher in 3 ft of water. Swimbaits dropshots live bait. Those guys up there swear by a minnow and jig head but u can catch em alot of different ways. Good job

#11731407 - 07/19/16 07:24 PM Re: My 1st Walleye . . . +Walleye Question [Re: DCmac]
Kick Offline

Registered: 09/29/15
Posts: 69
Loc: Dallas
More often than not that would be a fluke. Super sensitive eyes. Best walleye fishing I've ever done at night is slow trolling crankbaits in fast moving narrows of the St. Lawrence River.


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