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Walleye Fishing

Walleye
Walleyes are commonly seen inhabiting the waters in Wyoming and Montana. A member of the perch family, walleyes presents a great challenge to fishermen. It is a close relative to the sauger which frequents the waters in Wyoming and eastern Montana. They have sharp teeth and hunt perch, minnows, cisco and young fishes of any specie. They are seen frequently traveling in schools, especially during feeding time or looking for food to eat although fan out in wide spaces. They are one of those species that have a long life span, taking them ten long years just to reach the length of thirty inches. They are also one of the tastiest fish meals, especially when broiled or grilled.

Three basic techniques are presented in fishing for walleyes. First is to fish a jig, which is a hook with a head made out of lead, with a bait of minnow, night crawler or leech at the end of the hook. These are fished near the bottom or just off it. Second technique is to cast a spinner, a colored blade spinner with bait behind a sinker to bounce the bottom, and a crawler harness. These are trolled or trailed on the bottom of the body of water at a speed where the sinker is near the bottom as the blade spins. The third technique is to fish crankbaits, which is a lure shaped like a minnow made out of plastic or wood. You can either cast and retrieve them or troll them.

A fishing jig is the best option to use in water with cold temperature since the walleyes are slow moving and it can be done very slowly. In warmer waters, walleyes become more energetic and either the spinner and a crawler harness or crankbaits can be used to catch them since they are able to give chase.

Your choice of tackle need not be expensive when catching walleyes, although a costly one usually makes it easier to feel the tug the walleye makes when taking in the jig. Anglers frequently have several types of rods to use, depending on the condition of the water and its clarity. Colors are also dependent on the condition of the water, although the best colors for crankbaits and spinner blades are chartreuse, blue and silver and perch.

Since walleyes usually live in shallow water, you can catch them by wading in the shore, frequently seen in big rivers and reservoirs. If you are just starting out with walleye fishing, the best thing to do is to accompany a walleye fisherman on his boat for a fishing trip. Your gear depends on what you think you need but there several stuff that is quite important to bring, which is the life jacket. GPS receivers, maps, radios, marine radios, etc are some optional equipment that you bring although, since you are just starting, you donít really need them.

Walleye fishing is not for everyone. You can try it once in a while. Several places even charge for you to be able to fish in their lake. You also need to get a fishing license which depends on the age. But whatever the condition, just make sure that this experience will be a memorable one for you because you had fun.


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