If you fish walleye in southern Ontario you know that crankbaits work well for them all season long. Especially trolled in Lake Erie and trolling them off planer-boards in the fall down in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario. Some of the biggest walleye of the season are caught in the fall and on crankbaits!
I continue to “crank” structure and weedlines right through to ice-up in many waters. Our good friends Michael Kumar, Jeff Wood and Gabor Horvat recently had a chance to fish together and were indeed casting crankbaits.
They were working near-shore structure from 8-15′ for suspended walleye during the day. The best crankbaits to use to intercept walleye at these depths if you’re casting is one that is designed to run around 7-10′ deep. Some of my favorite are the Rapala DT series, especially the Dives To Flat and the Dives To Thug. I find that the best presentation is just to make a long cast and reel in at a moderate speed. No need to twitch the crankbait. Using a braided line really helps for distance, strike detection and for hook setting!