Why Gord Pyzer wants walleye anglers to “come over to the dark side”

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Walleye on “the dark side”

To land fish on the brightest days, follow the shadows. Here’s how

Knowing that walleye prefer dark, shadowy conditions can pay huge dividends when you fish for them on bright summer days. Early in the morning, you can catch them on top of underwater points or submerged reefs, for example, but once the sun rises higher, switch to whichever side of the structure is shaded.

Credit: Gord Pyzer. Walleye try to stay in the shadows.
Credit: Gord Pyzer.
Walleye try to stay in the shadows.

Indeed, always monitor the sun, and fish on the dark, shady side of any structure or cover, even when it’s 25 or 30 feet deep. When you do this, you can often track the fish while they slowly follow the shade line around the structure as the sun progresses overhead. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression “Come over to the dark side.”

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.