5 pros share their secret swimbait tricks for slamming summer walleye, bass & trout


Shelby Gustafson shows off a swimbait-caught walleye. For tips from her husband, pro angler Jeff Gustafson, see page 2.

Swimbaits have been around long enough now that most anglers have discovered their effectiveness in catching a wide variety of gamefish. It’s easy to get tunnel vision, however, and only use swimbaits in the same familiar situations, and with the same tactics. With that in mind, we asked five expert anglers, including Jeff Gustafson, Brandon Palaniuk and Jason Mitchell, to share their secret—and creative—swimbait techniques for landing more summer walleye, bass and lake trout. Here are their swimbait strategies…