Walleyes are famous for their finicky biting under the best of conditions yet they can get quite tough when the water turns warm. Catching walleye is particularly trivial the moment they leave spawning grounds easier to find to go to unknown parts. This makes the chance of enjoying a fresh walleye for dinner almost the same as the proverbial finding of needle amidst a haystack.
Having said this, it is still easy to predict walleye movements during the summer season’s warm water period if you really know what you are looking for. This is something that depends mainly on the kind of water where you go fishing. The walleyes in reservoirs and rivers act in a different way from walleyes living in lakes, and this also applies to big water walleyes.
To ensure that you always get that bite, here is a short guide on how to locate and catch warm water walleye in common types of water bodies.
Warm Water Walleye in Reservoirs and Rivers
When the water turns warm, reservoir and river walleyes will start to feed on active schools of baitfish usually related to deep river pools and old river channel. Search for unique parts of the channel where you can focus all your efforts. Channel breaks with rock or stumps, outside bends, and anywhere where the channel gets closer to the bank are dynamite locations since they direct and focus current flow. Reservoir and river walleyes are extremely depth consistent as well so you should try various depths along the water channel. Run this depth in some other similar areas once you located the fish.
Warm Water Walleye in the Natural Lakes
It is quite surprising that walleye are not really native to majority of natural lakes. If they do happen to be in there, it is probably because at some point, someone has stocked them there. This is the reason why small natural lakes tend to be the most difficult for pinpointing summer walleyes on. However, the secret here is focusing on transitions.
Walleyes found in natural lakes love to roam. They use the transition areas for moving from one place to another. Grass edges, break lines, offshore bumps, and points are all forms of transitions and all of these will hold the much coveted summer walleyes. Select the most common transition in your lake then pick this apart. If the lake is a clear rocky one, search for breaks and rock humps offshore. If there are lots of weeds, you should target transition line with deep weed.
Walleye Fishing in Warm Water Great Lakes
Novice angles might be overwhelmed by the big water since even if there are lots of walleyes, there are plenty of space between them. This is the reason why you should focus not just on walleyes alone and instead, on what will bring them in, and that is baitfish. You should spend time searching for baitfish using your locator or the depth range at least where you see the most number of baitfish then begin in these spots. You also have to pay attention to clues above water that indicate presence of baitfish as well, such as surface dimpling or bird activity.