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

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Target shadowy structure if you’re fishing in the middle of the day

#2  FIND THE SHADE

Unfortunately, you can’t always get out on the ice for the dawn and dusk peak bites, but that shouldn’t stop you from incorporating light levels into your game plan. If you’re forced to fish for walleye at noon on a bright winter day, choose a lake with stained water, which will be much darker than a lake that’s crystal clear.

As well, select a lake that’s at least moderately deep, with as many underwater points, saddles, shoals and other hard-bottomed structures as possible. In whichever direction you cast a shadow, concentrate your fishing on that side of the structure, where it will be shady. As the sun advances across the horizon and shades different sections of the structure, the walleye will follow, so be sure to auger fresh holes accordingly.

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