Hit the Weeds for Late Summer Walleyes
By: Dr. Jason Halfen
Conventional wisdom calls for walleyes to be found in cool, shallow water during spring and fall, and lurking in deeper water during the heat of summer and the dead of winter.
However, this binary distribution of walleye locations is far too simplistic; indeed, modern electronics and contemporary presentations have worked in tandem to reveal walleyes living in unexpected places, as well as untapped opportunities to target and catch them.
On many lakes, walleyes can be found in shallow weeds for nearly the entirety of the open water period. From the time that the first green shoots begin to emerge from the bottom until the last leafy cabbage weeds turn brown and decay, walleyes will be prowling weedbeds, and for one reason: forage. Minnows, small panfish, larval insects, and more: a veritable buffet of walleye-sustaining life abounds among the weeds, and as we all know, predators are never far from their prey.
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