How to catch more—and bigger!—walleye by casting artificial lures

Via Gord Pyzer

Casting call

Forget jigging and trolling. Catch more and bigger walleye by casting lures

Gord Pyzer
Gord Pyzer

It’s a safe bet your favourite early-season walleye presentation involves trolling or vertical jigging. More than likely, you pull spinner rigs, crawler harnesses, crankbaits, jerkbaits or slow death hooks behind bottom bouncers, leadcore line and planer boards. Or, like legions of other anglers, you start—and finish—most days dropping jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, nightcrawlers or soft-plastics over the side of the boathere’s good reason to do all these things—namely, they work a lot of the time. The thing is, they don’t always produce, and that’s why you need to expand your repertoire to include casting. Before last summer was even half over, I caught more big walleye than in any five-year period, with 80 per cent of those fish caught by casting. There’s a whole host of reasons why casting for walleye routinely thrashes trolling and vertical jigging presentations, if you keep the following tips in mind.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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