Most of the Walleye I catch are caught trolling Size 7 Berkley Flicker Shads in 10 to 20 feet of water. No worms involved. I don't always get the Walleye but usually a few Bass will be caught also, keeping it interesting.
If the water is deeper than that, the Bottom Walkers and Worm Harnesses get used.
That Jon Boat would be fine for most of the places I fish, just watch the wind reports. I've got a boat that will handle most of what the Gorge weather can throw at it, but I won't be out there in the wind either.
Beautiful lunker fish! Did you have any success with your soft plastic swimbait or were you drop shotting or Ned rigging. I’m hoping on hitting the Willamette on Tuesday morning.My first trip on the big C in a kayak. Went in not knowing a lot and left with gaining some knowledge. I only ended up with 4 on the day. A 3lb 4oz (which is sweet), a dink and two in the 15-16" range...
I totally agree on those colors and I really like the ZMan plastics for the same reason. The only time I have had to re-rig is when I've hung up and have had to break off.I don't think color is too big of a deal. This trip I was using ZMan TRD in Hot Snakes (mostly because I love the name and figured it looked like a baby smallmouth/crayfish) on the Ned rig and a ZMan Trick Shotz in The Deal (shad-like color) on the drop shot.
I think either a brownish crayfish color or a lighter minnow color pretty much always work pretty well for me. Normally I throw a Green Pumpkin on the Ned rig and on the drop shot. When I was rigging up for this trip I just felt like mixing it up. With that ZMan Elaztech plastic I was able to fish the same bait all day long on each rig.