By now, fish in most bodies of water are starting to move toward their winter
haunts. On rivers, our last bastion of open water this time of year, I focus my
walleye search on current breaks, such as wing dams, clam beds, eddies, or
anything that breaks the current. Such seams are logical attractors for
I fish some of these channels, but not all are created equal. If you can
find a channel with some eddies, work those outside edges. There will be a flat
on both sides of the channel, and fish often will move to that flat or be on
the outside edge of that channel.
And, of course, fish current breaks as mentioned earlier. I have a couple ways to fish these specific locations: One is leadcore line, especially when working channels where you
put some distance between the lure and the boat.
Another is three-way swivel rigs, which are great in tandem with fatheads,
but don't leave too much line out. Backtroll so your
three-way line forms a 45-degree to the boat. You want it heavy enough to
contact bottom, but without getting hung-up. These are bottom-hugging fish, so
we don't need a long snell.
Then, of course, there are jigs. You need enough weight to be in control and in
constant contact with the bottom. If using a short-shanked
jig with a whole minnow, you'll sometimes find yourself missing hook-sets.
Instead of instantly attaching a stinger hooks, try a
long-shanked jig. I've done a lot of work with stinger
hooks in the past, and I find they too often hang up on bottom or pick up
debris. My advice is to swap that short-shanked hook for a
long-shanked, especially when using live bait or a
Give it your best -- and last -- shot!
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