Walleye also known as Pickerel are one of the most popular sport fish. They are normally dark olive and yellowish gold in color. They are characterized by their spiny dorsal fin and many sharp teeth. To catch walleye, you will need an array of fishing equipment for you to successfully catch them. The list below lists some of the accessories needed for beginners starting walleye fishing.
Walleye Fishing Guide for Starters
Bait: Live bait can be used to catch walleye. There are three types of live bait used when fishing for walleye – Minnows, Leeches and Night crawlers. Artificial bait include jigs and these are the most common types of lures for walleye. They can easily be used to the depths where walleye are found. Jigs are good to use in rivers and other moving water. Jigs with rubber tails are more commonly used. Buy jigs is colors such as white and chartreuse. A combination of jig and live bait is recommended as you are more likely to catch walleye that way.
Walleye rod and reel: For beginners, it is advisable to use a 6 foot medium-action rod with a very sensitive tip and a spinning reel with an 8 pound line. The type of rod you buy will depend on certain factors: Whether you are fishing for walleye in deep water or shallow water, current or calm, trolling or jigging. Graphite is a better suited material for walleye fishing because it is very sensitive to the light vibrations of a possible bite. Select rods with light spinning reels that have instant, anti-reverse features. Reels of about $50 to $100 are more durable and have more bearings. They are made from carbon fiber or titanium and are lighter weight. Ensure that the reel matches the rod in weight and balance. A heavier reel will result in too much weight closer to the handle and your wrist action will suffer when casting.
Fishing line: An 8 or 10 pound line is suitable for a medium-action rod and reel combo. The use of a mono-filament is more common, it is very popular because it is reasonably strong and slightly invisible to the fish. However, because it stretches a bit, it makes it less sensitive to the bite of the walleye.
For jogging use a non stretch super line with mono-filament. It has great sensitivity to the bite of a walleye fish. When trolling use a good strong line that can stretch easily and that can withstand the abuse a trolling line is subjected to.
Sliding sinker rigs: These are also known as “Lindy” rigs. These live-bait outfits place a sliding sinker in front of a swivel that is connected to a leader. They come in different weights.
Hook: Get good quality hooks that are sharp so that you catch the fish easily.
Landing net: Use a strong net that can safely hold big fish once caught.
Hook removers: These are important for removing the hooks from the fish. Long needle-nose pliers can also be used to remove the hooks.
Sinkers and floats: There are different weight sizes that can provide enough options if you want to get the bait to the bottom. Floats are used to keep the live bait at a particular depth.
Bottom bouncers: These are a weight on a wire bent at 90 degrees and are good for trolling spinners, cranks and live bait.
Tackle box: This is necessary to keep the gear neatly and safely organized including your bait and pliers. Buy a satchel-style case that holds plastic covered trays.
Electronics: A sonar system, underwater camera and a GPS system can all be used to locate the walleye in the water especially in murky water.