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Old 02-20-2011, 11:03 PM
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Hey I was just wondering what are some of the crank baits you guys like to use. I've only been walleye fishing for about 4 years and the past two years I have been fishing for them more and more and have grown to love it. I had been using a rapala original floater and last summer I had a friend of mine with me give me a XPS professional series hardbait minnow and I caught 3 Walleye over 20 inches in a 5 minute period. Thats all I use now and I have every color, best walleye crank bait IMO. I hear that people like the Long A Bombers a lot but I've out fished the guys beside me using the Long A's pretty much every time. I'm always very confident that I'm going to catch one when I hear them hitting the top of the water when they're chasing bait fish. Its always a good night when thats going on. If you have any tips how to catch walleye during late winter or early spring I would really appreciate it. I usually don't start catching them till May but I want to start earlier this year. Also I've never been river fishing for Walleye, how much different is it? Include any other tips if you want, the more I know the more I can do to try to catch more.

The picture below is a Walleye I caught last summer in Virginia at a small lake, it was 27 inches and 9 pounds. Hopefully there will be more like that to come this spring and summer.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:38 PM
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NIce walleye..what happened to your face man?? lol
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:55 PM
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Real nice walli congrats ( i love to eatim) ( when fishing for them in the past on lures -lake or river i just always stuck with minnow/baitfish lures like Rapalas,seemed to work pretty well then)
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:11 PM
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Flicker shads and thundersticks are my go to for trolling.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:00 AM
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I've never tried trolling for walleye but I guess right now would be the best time to do that since they're in the deeper parts of lakes around here. Yeah I'm just not a fan of Rapala lures because they have no beads and Walleye seem to respond better to crankbaits that have a nice rattle.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by SouthernBuckFever View Post
I've never tried trolling for walleye but I guess right now would be the best time to do that since they're in the deeper parts of lakes around here. Yeah I'm just not a fan of Rapala lures because they have no beads and Walleye seem to respond better to crankbaits that have a nice rattle.
you are really missing out not using rapalas. husky jerks.....one of the best jerk baits ever made. great walleye lure
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by marlin30/30_drabe View Post
you are really missing out not using rapalas. husky jerks.....one of the best jerk baits ever made. great walleye lure
I did for about 2 years and had some good night with it but I'd use the XPS minnow crankbait over Rapala anyday. If you would try one then you wouldn't want to waste your time using a Rapala anymore.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:09 PM
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Trolling is basically all we do for walleye and I can't get enough of it. We usually troll on Green Bay because it is a little tricky casting out there. Depending on the body of water it may be worth a try.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Tikka 30-06 View Post
Trolling is basically all we do for walleye and I can't get enough of it. We usually troll on Green Bay because it is a little tricky casting out there. Depending on the body of water it may be worth a try.
I fish at a 108 acre lake but the Walleye population is really really good there. The max depth is 32 feet and an average depth of 16 feet. I know where the Walleye are at right now but when is the best time to go trolling? Would it be to cold right now and what do you use when your trolling and what type of setup? Sorry I'm asking so many questions but I've never really trolled for fish around here.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:33 PM
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Well thats a little small of a lake to troll but it could definitely be done. I don't know exactly where you are from but basically anytime is ok to troll. Up here we focus more on cranks and stickbaits in colder water and switch to crawler harness when it warms up, more around may and june up here. I think the easiest set-up and what I use is inline planer boards. We run three lines off each side and sometimes a flatline off the back of the boat. The key is to know how deep your baits are running and that is the key to success.
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