Trolling Fall Walleye.

Posted on November 25th, 2021

The cold weather of November get big Walleye moving in all the Great Lakes. Many migrate from the open lake to large bays, harbor mouths and even shorelines to feed heavily on baitfish that move in as the water gets colder.

Fall Walleye
Slow reeling the Rapala Husky Jerk can be deadly for large fall shallow-water feeding Walleye.

This is a great time of the year to catch some of the biggest Walleye at night casting from shore using lures like a Rapala Husky Jerk or Jointed Rapala. These fish can be caught as shallow as 1-2′ of water or just below the surface in water up to 20′ deep.

Fall Walleye
Trolling using a Scotty Downrigger or flat-lining body baits off planer-boards is the best way to locate fall suspended Walleye in open water.

During the day many of these fish stage in open-water cruising just below the surface where die-hard anglers can target them trolling lures “flat-line” with planer-boards or off shallow-set downriggers. The best depth to troll for these fish in the fall is 10-30′ below the surface.

Fall Walleye
The Rapala Tail Dancer series of body baits work especially well trolled slowly for fall Walleye.

Wobbling body baits like the Rapala Tail Dancer series in the #9-#11 work well. The key is to cover water and located pods of suspended fish. Trolling speed is best between 1.2-2.8 mph. Some great areas are the western basin of Lake Erie, Georgian Bay and of course the south section of the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario.

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