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Walleye for dummies..
Since it looks like we have walleye up in the Albany stretch of the Willamette, does anyone out there in OFFland have any tips, methods, tackle suggestions for hooking these walleye?
Now is the best time to catch walleye.
Before the water cools below the 50 degree mark the walleye will be gorging on baitfish. Please note that typical bait fish this time of year run large due to the fact that they've been feeding all year. So what to catch them on....Jerk Baits and Shad Raps (Rapala). These are the fall go-to baits in Michigan and I can only assume it is in Oregon as well. When I say go big, I mean don't be afraid to run a 6" (size 11 I think) or larger Husky Jerk (rapala) in black and gold. Bigger is better they aren't wasting energy running down small bait fish, they're trying to get the most bang for their buck.
As to where to find them holding. In the river look for steep rock walls at depths from 10-40'. They trap bait against these walls and school them up here. Cast parallel with the wall and run the entire length of it. If you can tweak your diver to actually make contact with the rock, all the better. Run em fast and erratic. Other locations are: rocky points jutting out into the main current (run baits along the top and back side), any current break especially troughs running perpendicular with the flow of the river (a one foot trough can hold many fish), Grass beds in the 5-10' range hold fish. And of course with any fish on a feeding binge make casts where you'd least likely expect them. I've caught walleye in four feet of water in the middle of a sand flat.
These fish are active and hungry right now.
Worm harness with a spinner blade (chartreus) above it tied to bottom walker (weight) tied to main line. Troll slowly.
try pounding a white maribou jig down the steep hard faces or gravel bottom of edges
Thanks, people! Sounds like killer advice about Walleye fishing. Can hardly wait to catch one.
My largest walleye in Mich came on a storm thunderstick in lime and chartreuse fishing in March with two feet of snow on the ground and the river running at a balmy 48 degrees. JERKBAITS are killer on cold water walleye.
Good stuff! Thanks OFFers! I can hardly wait to catch my first-ever Wally.
I have been fishing this stretch of water for thirty years and never seen a walleye.Im definitly not saying there arent any,but I have caught probably every species but.where did you get the info?
there are walleye clear up above albany... they have migrated up from the columbia river which is full of them
Colombia river full of walleye? Where did you come up with this theory?
Who said anything about the Columbia? This threads on the Willamette.