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fall walleye
Posted by: walleyetracker
Date: September 04, 2010 06:39PM
Hey guys I have never fished the fall before. This year I have made it my goal to learn to catch walleye in the fall. I live and fish in nebraska. We fish man made lakes ranging from 2,200 acres upto like 13,000 I believe. The main lakes I fish don't have much structure to them. Mostly big open flats. They do have some points and drop offs and stuff. They range from 2-35 ft deep. How would you guys go about targeting them? Where would you look for them at? What tactics are good? Would you look for them in the same spots as where we catch them in the spring? Thanks for the help guys.

Re: fall walleye
Posted by: fcso1253
Date: September 09, 2010 01:10PM
Depending on where you mark fish, I would start by pulling cranks. Primarily on fireline. If the fish are marked deeper go to leadcore. You can bottom bounce walleyes on flats, but you cover ALOT more water by trolling cranks.

Re: fall walleye
Posted by: kickerrich
Date: September 13, 2010 04:56PM
What lakes are you fishing ? I live in Bellevue and spend alot of time fall fishing at Lewis & Clark in Yankton. The fall bite is just starting up there, the water temps have dropped to 68-69 degrees from a high 83 just 4 weeks ago . I'm a member of the N.W.A. give me a call or PM . 292-4381

Re: fall walleye
Posted by: kickerrich
Date: October 18, 2010 07:49PM
Was fishing up at Lewis and Clark this weekend catching mostly small fish then I heard a report that the shad had moved into the local marina. We checked out the marina the next morning and sure enough the bait was stacked up with fish under them. Started pulling BB and spinners with minnows and chubs 4 circles around the marina we had 2 walleyes at 22" and 24" a 1 sauger at 17". The water temp has dropped to 59 degrees. If this happens here maybe it happens at Stockton when the water cools off.Shad should do the same thing just a little later ? Maybe something to check out.

Re: fall walleye
Posted by: mworley
Date: October 28, 2010 09:15PM
Here's a article I wrote for the Twin Lakes Walleye club. It was written about Bull Shoals Lake but it might apply to your lake also.

Walleye Fishing in Fall & Winter
by Mike Worley

In the fall of the year after restratafication (turnover) water temperature (lower 70's-lower 60's) the Walleyes are on the feed. You should find some of the best Walleye fishing of the year, this period is when the Walleyes are feeding and starting to develope eggs for the next spawn. This process is governed by water temperature. The source of protein is mainly threadfin shad. You need to find areas that are holding shad to be sucessful in finding actively feeding Walleyes. The shad will be atracted to areas of current this may be a creek arm or the main channel of the lake. Current brings the small oragannisms that the shad feed on. Bull Shoals lake is a man made resiavor with a dam at each end with the White river running though it. On the surface it appears to be a still body of water but it has many sources of current which you must keep in mind to consitantly find the shad and Walleyes. Power genoration is one source of current, wind is another. Rising & falling water levels can help you find shad & Walleyes, rising water levels will genrally move the shad into the creek channel as will falling water temperatures. The shad and most of the actively feeding Walleyes will eventully end up in the back sections of the creeks or in the upper sections of the river channel when winter sets in. Durring this period you may find shad & Walleyes shallow on a windy bank or deep in a area of river channel current. Remember that the White river has been dammed but it still flows though the depths of the lake. Each day that you plan to fish Bull Shoals lake for Walleyes you should try to get as much infomation about current as possiable. Check to see if the dams at both ends of the lake are genarating, what is the weather forecast will there be a wind? what direction and how strong?

Cold fronts are a Walleye fishermans worst enemy, it moves the shad out over open water and can make it tough to find them. If you have been finding shad & Walleyes in 30'-40' in the back section of a creek arm but following a cold front they aren't there try looking half way back in the creek arm downstream from where the largest branchs of the creek arm are located. Look for suspended schools of shad & Walleyes to be suspended at about the same depth over deeper water.

Durring this water temperature period Walleyes will respond to pretty much the same baits and techinques that worked durring the summer. Nightcrawlers fished on many types of rigs like bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses, slow death rigs or carolina rigs will all catch Walleyes. Trolling crankbaits on lead core line or flat lined is another option. This is also a time that a jigging spoon can be deadly, nothing imitates a dying shad better than a jigging spoon and Walleyes cruise under the schools of shad picking up the dying shad. A jigging spoon will work at any depth from the surface to the deepest water you find the fish in.

Water temperature lower 60's-upper 40's

This is the main part of winter the shad have been stressed to the point of starting to die off in large numbers at the lower end of this temperature range. This is the time of year to cast suspending stickbaits that imitates a dying shad. The best time of day for this techinque is late afternoon and at night but with a good wind and cloud cover anytime of day can be productive. I will genrally select a larger size lure of about 5" for this presentation. The Walleyes will respond to a larger easy to catch meal at this time of year and you will find them in very shallow water. The late afternoon has several things going for it mainly the water temperature will be the warmist after the sun has been on it all day and the light level is also lower which is to a Walleyes advantage. You must be very carefull not to spook these fish if you are going to be sucessfull, these are large fish in very shallow water and they will be spooky. Do NOT pound the water with your bait try to make as few casts as possible with as little splash as you can. You must work the bait very-very slowly. Take the time to tune your bait it must run true from side to side as well as suspend as naturally as possible, you can use glue on strips or dots to adjust the way your bait suspends I prefer the strips because you can remove a small piece with your pocket knife if it's too heavy. Sometimes a slowly sinking stickbait is a killer a slowly rising one is genrally not very effective. If there is more than one angler you should try not to cast near each others lure. Nothing will spook a Walleye like a big splash near a target it is homing in on. Walleyes spawn all over the lake on windy banks they don't all go up the river or into the creeks to spawn that is the reason these fish will be shallow. They are devolping eggs and this takes warm water and fuel (food). The best banks will be north or west banks facing south and east as a general rule but the most important feature will still be current (wind) and being near deeper water. Walleye eggs need current to hatch and the spawning fish will be attracted to these areas long before the spawn takes place.

Always have a jigging spoon rigged and ready all year round. If you mark fish on your depth finder pick it up and drop it down to them. Nothing imitates a dying shad like a jigging spoon and it will catch Walleyes at anytime of year.

Re: fall walleye
Posted by: kickerrich
Date: October 31, 2010 02:03PM
Fished that marina yesterday in 2 hrs had a number of bites ended up with 3 17 1/2 saugers they do like current, moved to the channels in the main lake no bites at 17' dropped down into 22' and popped a nice 27" about 6 lbs also a18"-19" all walleyes. had a limit by 11:30 . For you Neb. guys nows the time to head up to L&C.

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