Fresh air, the tranquility of nature, the excitement surrounding a big splash, the adrenaline from reeling in your catch, there is nothing that soothes the soul quite like fishing. Although this majestic moment spent with nature is relaxing, catching the “big one” can make the experience even more enjoyable.
We have all heard about the big one that got away, and to prevent yet another story it is necessary to be well prepared and equipped for the one specific species out of 28,000 that you are attempting to catch.
One such species is the walleye, which is the largest member of the perch family and can weigh up to 20lbs. typically, when fishing for walleye (especially in the spring) they like to spend their days in deep holes such as those that are in close proximity to their spawning grounds. They tend to have gentle bites and fishing for walleye requires the right kind of lure. There are a plethora of choices available when choosing bait and having the best lures for a walleye can increase your chances of catching your limit. Therefore, below are a few of the top walleye lures to lure that lunker out of hiding.
Cordell Wally Diver
One of the legendary baits used among anglers, the Wally Diver can either be trolled or used for casting. It reaches depths of 20 feet when trolled and its tight wiggle entices the biggest fish to come and inspect it. It is common for anglers to catch walleye with this lure while all others produce little or no results. Additionally, it rarely snags snag the razor sharp hooks. It measures 2 1/2″ with a wide selection of available colors.
The Lazy Ike is considered one of the best walleye lures. Known as legendary when it comes to catching walleye, it produces an unusual wobbling action that fish just cannot resist and numerous fishermen have caught their limit in a short amount of time with the fabled Lazy Ike. It measures 2 1/2″, weighs 1/4oz, and is available in red/white, fire tiger, pink, red/black, redeye, metallic blue, and yellow spots.
Koppers Target Live Yellow
Another highly recommended lure. Emulating an actual perch, it features a strategic weight -transfer system which also serves as a low frequency rattle. Additionally, it improves casting distance and provokes even the most hesitant of walleye to investigate thanks to its sound, vibration, and movement. This lure works best by gently bouncing the bait off tree branches, rocks, and other protrusions in the water. It comes in shallow, medium, or deep dive selections and ranges from 2 7/8” to 6 1/4″.
It is quite difficult for walleye’s to resist the Salmo Hornet making this featured bait. The shallow, 2”, red tail shiner version seems to work best as it dives quickly to an approximate depth of 5 to 9 feet with rod shaking action. The Salmo Hornet has become the “go to” lure for many anglers and is considered to be a must have in their tackle box, particularly as a walleye bait.
Original Floating Rapala
Next, let’s look at the classic Original Floating Rapala. Viable as either a steady retrieve, stop and go, or twitch bait, this definitive bait has a knack for luring lunkers up for investigation. This bait is best used in the springtime and is available in different sizes and an assortment of colors. Many anglers start out their day with this classic bait and enjoy hits from a variety of fish. This remains as one of the premier walleye fishing lures.
Rapala Flat Rap
The last spot on our list of walleye lures belongs to the Rapala Flat Rap. This lure features flat sides and a triangle lip for those long casts and works well even when casting into the wind. It features hard flashing action that imitates a wounded minnow. It runs approximately 3 to 4 feet and rises rather slowly. Sizes range from 3 1/8” to 4” and are available in silver, gold, perch, fire tiger, clown, purple descent, and hot steel.
Other recommended lures for walleye:
- Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk
- Storm Thunderstick
- Rapala Shad Rap
- SPRO McRIP85
- Lindy Shadling- Shiner- No. 7