This week I was able to catch more than 100 walleyes over 6 pounds, 12 of which exceeded 30 inches. What did the "bigguns" all have in common? They were all caught high in the water column.
While that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who fishes the Great Lakes, we often miss the high bite. Running lures not more than 5 feet below the surface is something that just seems wrong in walleye circles and it just doesn't work, particularly in gin clear water. Not true!
I just kept running the rigs higher and higher and was still catching fish. After a buddy called me over in the middle of cleaning fish, I got a better idea of why those fish were so incredibly high. Two words: White bass.
This time of year the white bass are extremely high on the water column and can often be seen breaking the surface, even over fifty feet—or more—of water. Big walleyes really like putting the chew on small- to mid-size white bass.
A little observation at the fish cleaning station can help you determine how to present your lures on your next trip. One of the best pieces of fishing advice I ever got was, "fish don't go far from the grocery store."
Fishing doesn't have to be as complicated as we make it.
Capt. Ross Robertson