Summer Walleye on crankbaits.

Posted on September 1st, 2021

I love to cast crankbaits for Walleye on hot, bright, calm, summer days. Contrary to what many Walleye anglers believe, I have some of my best fishing between 10am-2pm.

The Rapala Tail Dancer in the Hot Chum (TD9HC) color is a consistent producing Walleye crankbait.

One of my favorite crankbaits to cast along weed edges is non-other that the Rapala Tail Dancer. Unfortunately Rapala is discontinuing this model, but I have stocked-up on them and continue to catch most of my Walleye fishing them in 5-10′ water in and around weeds.

Big Walleye cruising and feeding mid-day around weeds strike hard and give a great fight on medium-action gear.

Cruising, feeding Walleye smash crankbaits much like a Musky strikes often following the lure up to the boat and allowing me to see the strike.

To maximize my casting I use the Duckett Walleye series spinning and baitcasting outfits in the medium action loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb test braid and a 20 lb. Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. I retrieve the Tail Dancer at a moderate speed making it produce a slow rolling action from side to side. I love the action of the Duckett rods since they have a strong back-bone but a soft tip to allow the Walleye to crab the lure producing a good hook set!


Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

Like me   Follow Me  
Subscribe youtube   Newsletter Subscriber   InstagramFollow in instagram