Many anglers have the confidence of trolling for Walleye using crankbaits both in the Great Lakes and in in-land lakes, but few cast & retrieve crankbaits for them during the summer months.
I have some of the best crankbait “casting” success in the middle of summer during the months of July/Aug. when water temps on the surface are over 80F and the air temp can be as high as 90F. To add to this summery weather, my bests success is between 11am to 3pm when there is clear blue skies and the sun is shinning brightly. I know this goes against traditional Walleye strategies where you wake up early or fish just before dark or when it’s windy and overcast out. The Rapala Shad Dancer that dives to 7′ (above), is one of my to producers.
All I can tell you that over 35yrs of casting crankbaits for Walleye in small to large rivers and lakes consistently produces nice size walleye!