Early in the season when water temps are just starting to warm up most walleye anglers will fish slower moving lures like jigs/plastic grubs or jigs/live bait, or bottom-walking weights with worm harnesses, or bottom-bouncing live bait rigs.
But, as early summer comes around and water temperatures start to approach the high 60F, walleye start to feed more and chase more. That’s when it’s a good idea to cast crankbaits along fast-dropping shorelines, off points and especially along weed-edges in 10-15′ water. One of my most productive is the Rapala DT7Flat series (shown above).
Our good friend Gabor Horvat takes advantage of the right water temperatures and weed-grown to crankbait fish for his walleye. On his lake water temps. were 69F with clear water conditions. Gabor found that darker color crankbiats worked well in the clear water sections and where the water was more turbid from the bottom being stirred up he changed to brighter colors. Overall he did best in natural colors, not so much with bright fluorescent colored cranks. However, Gabor said it was challenging catching them on either color crankbaits when the water was clear and flat.