By: Ben Patschull from Old Style Angling
With the entire distractions that the autumn season brings, fishing will be swept apart as outdoorsmen commerce of their rods and reels for shotguns and bows. Nonetheless, as water temperatures cool and baitfish start to assemble in faculties close to shore, fall can ship among the most efficient walleye bites of the yr.
Location and Timing For Catching Walleye In The Fall
Fall fish can exhibit extra unpredictable conduct than pre and post-spawn spring fish. Nonetheless, patterns will be pieced collectively by paying shut consideration to water temperature and fishing at the most effective instances of the day. I at all times begin my search by finding rocky shorelines in round ten toes of water. When water temperatures fall beneath 60 levels, baitfish will begin to college in these rocky areas, particularly round present breaks and construction. Identical to the forward-thinking house owner stocking up on sidewalk salt and firewood for the approaching winter, walleyes and different predatory fish will gorge on teams of shad, shiners, and different baitfish in preparation for the colder months to return. Don’t let the reducing temperatures and adversarial circumstances stop you from wetting a line; I’ve discovered that the poorest climate can summon the very best fish exercise throughout the fall. Lastly, though walleyes will be present in most of the similar areas as spring fish, their feeding home windows are extra time-dependent. Walleyes will be caught anytime, however the hour earlier than and after darkish persistently holds the most effective bites.
Baits and Rigs That Slay Fall Walleye
Stay bait performs simply as vital of a task in my fall walleye fishing because it does throughout the different three seasons. Nightcrawlers are my selection dwell bait when water temperatures are nonetheless above 55 levels, and because the temperature creeps beneath this mark, I transition to primarily utilizing minnows.
Though there are a whole bunch of choices for rigging dwell bait, I take advantage of two rigs virtually completely within the fall. A easy three-way rig is my go-to for each crawlers and minnows, particularly when fishing from shore. My three-way rigs encompass a small three-way swivel tied off to a 15-pound braid mainline, about 6 inches of 8 to 10-pound fluoro with a VMC dwell bait hook, and one foot of 6-pound fluoro tied off to an egg sinker.
To scale back three-way rig frustration, an vital notice: at all times be certain your sinker leader-line is longer than your hook leader-line to fend off these annoying tangles. The second rig that I take advantage of primarily for minnows is the criminally under-utilized slip-float rig. I take advantage of this fashion of rig when I’m fishing areas with an exceptionally tough backside construction, the place three-way rigs are unusable. Though each of those rigs are among the many easiest shows, I discover that many anglers keep away from the three-way and slip-float rigs as a result of problem of stringing collectively the a number of elements every time they need to change their providing. To keep away from this inconvenience, I dedicate a rod to every of those particular person rigs so I at all times have one accessible at any time when I hit the water.
Stay bait often is the method that contributes the very best numbers of fall walleyes, however synthetic baits produce the largest trophies. Popping a VMC darter head jig with a paddle tail fashion plastic (instance: BFishn Pulse-R) or a traditional spherical jig head with a grub tail fashion plastic (instance: BFishin Ringworm) are staples in my fall walleye fishing. For fishing at night time, trolling crankbaits in 8 to fifteen toes of water round rocky factors or wing dams will be efficient. Utilizing jig heads with built-in rattles in nearshore areas lower than 10 toes may also successfully catch late-night walleyes within the fall.