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Walleye Baits and Lures contributed by Gary Skrzek
3/8 oz and 3/4 oz Jig Heads:
The colour of the jig heads is not that important. The colour of the rubber or bait that you attach makes the difference. In the Spring or at night the Walleyes are in shallow water so you want to use a ligheter jig like a 3/8oz or even smaller. During the day or in the Summer when it`s warm and sunny, the Walleye go deeper so you would chose a heavier jig like a 1/4oz.
Scented or unscented - 2 to 4 inchsingle and double tail.
In the Spring the hot colours are white, bright yellow, bright red and black. As Spring turns to Summer you will find that white and bright yellow slow down as the best colours. Black always works but you should try a dark smokey yellow or a transparent green as the water warms up.
Many people believe that bright colours work in the spring because the Walleye are still in protection mode over their spawning grounds and that they hit your jig as an act of defence rather than for eating.
Worm Harness/ Floating or Countdown Rapala:
In the Summer when it gets hot, many of the big trophy Walleyes go deep.
In this case you should try drifting very slowly in the deep water with a
worm harness, small Floating Rapala or Countdown rapala.
Rapala ot Thunder Sticks:
In the Spring the best way to catch a big Walleye is to troll along the shorelines just before dark or at day-break with a Rapala or Thunder Stick. A 3-4inch original Floating Rapala or a Junior Thunder Stick with a little touch of liquid fish scent will bring in the big ones.
Rapalas and Thunder Sticks are also good in the Summer. You can fish for those suspended deep water Walleyes or troll shallow along the weed beds and drop-offs. In the Spring the best colours are red, chartreuse, blue and best of all the "Fire Tiger". As Spring turns to Summer, silver and brown pick up as the other colours drop off. The one colour that works all year 'round is the Fire Tiger! It's probably the best colour combination ever created.
To keep your worm harness off the bottom, many people use a thee-way-swivel set-up which is used with lake Trout techniques.