Ice-fishing Friday: Gord Pyzer’s 12 all-time greatest winter walleye tips

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The peak walleye bite comes during the shoulder hours

#1  FISH THE GLOOM

Always remember that walleye are negatively phototactic and crepuscular, meaning they see and feed better in the dark than they do in bright light. It’s not just the darkness, however, that goads them into feeding actively. It’s also the two periods of the day when the light level changes the most dramatically over the shortest span of time—dawn and dusk.

Even during winter, when it’s snowy, cloudy and gloomy, and the bottom of the lake is under several feet of light-blocking ice and snow, walleye will still react positively to the rapid changes in light. So, mind your watch and remember that walleye activity peaks 90 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset.

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