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Walleye fishing Help??

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My advice is to go to Stockton or somewhere that has a reliable Walleye population.  Regardless of all the time and money being pissed away in the name of establishing a decent walleye fishery on LO.....it really just isn't working.  

Until at least one person I know sets out to go "walleye fishing" and comes back with a limit..... I'm not bothering with it.

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2 hours ago, Mark Cooper said:

Live near the 77 mile marker really need the where and how to on catching Walleye.. Love to troll fish.

Read the Trolling for Walleye article on this forum as a starter.

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I'm moving my boat to the lake tomorrow and should be fishing three or four days a week, and some of that will be targeting walleyes.  Since the upper end appears river-like, I'm thinking I'll be trying the stuff I learned out West. Start at the downstream end of a bar or shelf or flat and pull crankbaits upstream along the break lines or up on the flats (depending upon the mood of the fish). When you hit the end of whatever you're fishing, then turn around and use the trolling motor to pull spinners back down.

My experience tells me that the walleyes will be heading toward their spawning grounds in the fall; they don't spawn until spring but establish themselves in a holding pattern in the right kind of water over winter.  When they concentrate, you can fish with a jig or spoon and do well.  This works on the Columbia system, but for LOZ, dunno, y'know; it could be different.

Of course, it helps if you know you're on fish.  I am not going to guarantee I won't get distracted by other opportunities.  

i'll try to post positive and negative reports. 

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Late February/early March before the White bass run I can always count on catching a few Walleye up in the creeks after a good rain.  The most I've ever caught in a single day is 3, and only 1 of the 3 was a keeper.

Last March I heard several guys raving about "tearing them up" below Truman dam, but of all the pics I saw... I only saw one that had caught more than a single keeper (he had 2 nice walleye) and they had also caught a big mess of Whites. So the "tearing 'em up" was in reference to the White bass moreso than the Walleye.

Walleye taste good (I guess) but they aren't pretty, don't fight very hard, and everything on them will make you bleed profusely.   Honestly I just don't understand the infatuation some folks have with them.   If I was stuck in the upper Osage area of Lake O I would be targeting Hybrid Stripers moreso than anything else, because that's a realistic goal that I can truly get excited about.

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3 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Late February/early March before the White bass run I can always count on catching a few Walleye up in the creeks after a good rain.  The most I've ever caught in a single day is 3, and only 1 of the 3 was a keeper.

Last March I heard several guys raving about "tearing them up" below Truman dam, but of all the pics I saw... I only saw one that had caught more than a single keeper (he had 2 nice walleye) and they had also caught a big mess of Whites. So the "tearing 'em up" was in reference to the White bass moreso than the Walleye.

Walleye taste good (I guess) but they aren't pretty, don't fight very hard, and everything on them will make you bleed profusely.   Honestly I just don't understand the infatuation some folks have with them.   If I was stuck in the upper Osage area of Lake O I would be targeting Hybrid Stripers moreso than anything else, because that's a realistic goal that I can truly get excited about.

You are right, everything about them will make you bleed. About the fight, you may have exaggerated. Smallmouth are incredible and wipers are something else, but you need to experience the multiple dives at the boat of a 13 pound walleye before you make those kind of blanket statements. ;-)

 

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31 minutes ago, rps said:

You are right, everything about them will make you bleed. About the fight, you may have exaggerated. Smallmouth are incredible and wipers are something else, but you need to experience the multiple dives at the boat of a 13 pound walleye before you make those kind of blanket statements. ;-)

 

I am still looking for that double digit fish and enjoying the hunt.  Last time on LOZ I pulled a good one out of the livewell by the gill plates and she had more spunk than I thought and sliced me real good.   It happens.  I won out in the end though cuz she's in my belly.

Mike

 

 

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Maybe it's just the catching something that is a little different from the norm but walleye fishing can be addicting.  I don't dedicate my whole year to it by any means but during the times where the type of fishing fits my skills I love it.  No they aren't the fighters that hybrids are but a few white bass or a hybrid caught as a "consolation prize" on a walleye trip, well nothing wrong with that.  I do seem to bleed more walleye fishing than most kinds of fishing, but am finding ways to minimize that front wearing a very thin glove to using the gripper pliers.  Grilled walleye fillets, or the golden brown fried fillets sure are a pretty good thing too.

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1 hour ago, rps said:

You are right, everything about them will make you bleed. About the fight, you may have exaggerated. Smallmouth are incredible and wipers are something else, but you need to experience the multiple dives at the boat of a 13 pound walleye before you make those kind of blanket statements. ;-)

 

Oh I don't think I exaggerated.  A 13lb. anything can stretch a line real good.  

A 6# hybrid could drag a 13 walleye around like a Pomeranian.

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