Catch Giant Fall Walleyes at Evening


The author with a pair of late-night Erie walleyes.

The author with a pair of late-evening Erie walleyes. (Ross Robertson/)

Fans of early hip-hop acts may possibly keep in mind Whodini. The group’s 1984 hit “Freaks Come Out at Night” has often been a individual favourite, if not one thing of a mantra for walleye guys who reside for sunset in the fall. This time of year, the major fish move shallow right after dark for a single explanation: to gorge on substantial baitfish prior to winter sets in. The only challenge is, every thing is far more complex and requires longer in the dark, which is why only the diehards are prepared to brave chilly nights to score. If you want to join their ranks, preparation is the initial step. As soon as you have got the boat in evening mode, a handful of tweaks to your daytime plan are all it requires to start off landing these “freaks.”

Prep Speak

In daylight, clear the boat decks of unneeded products that will catch lines or develop tripping hazards. For dark missions, I trade my usual landing net for a single that has a shallow bag. If you only have a net with a deep bag, use a zip tie to collect it up and make it shallower. I’ll pull out all the lures I program to use ahead of time and place them in a separate tackle tray, storing only a single in every single compartment. Naturally, you will have to have a handful of light sources on the boat, but place some believed into them. For stationary lights, LEDs supply greater coverage even though taking significantly less of a toll on the boat’s batteries. Make positive any stationary lights under no circumstances shine straight into the water, as walleyes are really light sensitive and can spook. Headlamps or handheld lights employed to help in netting must have a red filter simply because it assists the anglers’ eyes keep adjusted to the dark and will not alert other fish to your presence.

Evening Riding

Covering water right after dark is just as crucial as it is through daylight hours, even though simplifying your strategy to boost your trolling efficiency pays off. If you favor trolling with planer boards, be positive to use reels with a line-counter function. Through the day, you can eyeball line length, but at evening, obtaining the potential to set your lures at precisely the very same distance as soon as you start off finding bites is essential. Yet another advantage of planer boards is you can use them to place lures in water also shallow for the boat. I’ll hug contour lines working with my GPS but use my planers to get baits to shallows exactly where fish would spook—or, worse, bang up my prop—if I moved in appropriate on prime of them. To make certain your boards are precisely exactly where you want them, use tape to affix a glow stick to every single a single.

Suspending stickbaits such as the Rapala Shadow Rap are my go-tos. Though there’s some debate more than the significance of colour right after dark, I favor baits with excellent contrast, such as these with a black back and chrome or white sides. Suspended stickbaits also do not get hung up quickly, which spares some headaches that are even far more painful to remedy at evening.

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Foot Patrol

Catching major walleyes from shore can be a severe challenge in summer time, but on fall nights, the boatless angler has a severe upper hand. Piers, break walls, and marinas usually have just adequate lighting and supply just adequate of a existing break to draw in loads of baitfish. Rest assured, the heavy ’eyes will be there also. Lots of of these locations are so shallow that a boat couldn’t get in close adequate if you wanted it to—or at least not without having spooking the fish. To improve your odds of hitting a foot-patrol trophy, do not be afraid to throw on some chest waders. Acquiring in the water makes it possible for you to fish productive locations the guys onshore can not attain, or to present lures at angles they can not match. Use an eight-foot spinning rod to extend your casts and stroll softly. Be stealthy with your movements till you get in variety of the fish.


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