Best Way to Catch Walleyes Today
By: Cory Schmidt
One of the most important aspects of walleye fishing is finding where the fish are hiding
Legendary walleye men Bob Propst Sr., Gary Roach, and Mike McClelland were so ahead of their time that, other than lure tweaks and bit of technology, the trio could have probably written this article back in 1987.
Gary Parsons, a walleye star past and present, refers to them as “next-level predatory anglers,” gifted fishermen with a nose for tracking fish. Parsons isn’t talking about simply being able to catch more than your buddies. He’s referring to the talent of sniffing out, stalking, and targeting one king-size walleye at a time, regardless of whether the fish is holed up in a boulder field in 32 feet of water or a cabbage stalk on an 8-foot flat.
“These days, top guides, tournament anglers and a few select fishermen are zeroed in on more than just structure,” says Parsons, the only angler to have won Angler of the Year titles on three professional walleye circuits. “They’re targeting spots-on-spots – individual boulders they discover on side-scan sonar, small clearings in vegetation, subtle transitions, or the steepest portion of a drop-off. Move the cursor over the object and drop a waypoint. It’s that easy.
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