Walleye Fishing Equipment - What Gear Is Necessary

By: Daniel Eggertsen

There are many things for a walleye angler to have when planning that fishing excursion on the hunt for the walleye. Rods, reels, and tackle come to mind. A boat, motor, electronics and ice fishing equipment are needed if you are going to be boat fishing and ice fishing. Your tackle is important when fishing for walleye. Although, you probably do not need all these baits, they are available. The crankbaits, Lindy Little Joe, Rapala lures, rigs, Line Dancer and jigs. You will need hooks and leadheads as well as the tackle box to keep everything in.

For electronics, you are going to want a sonar system, underwater camera and a GPS system for those who want to take the guest work out of finding the walleye. If you plan on fishing out on the lakes, you will need a boat and a good motor. For ice fishing, you need houses, locators, augers, rods and reels, lures, tip ups and maybe even a heater. As you can see, you need a few things that will help you fish better and with more success. The more success you have a particular bait in different conditions will be easier to narrow down the few things you need in your tackle box.

The Line Dance has become the hottest product in the fishing industry. This little gadget allows you to increase the vibration in your bait, which increases your chances of catching the walleye by live presentation. You can use the Line Dancer with spinners, worms, frogs, buzz baits, and stick baits, jigs, crank baits and spoons. This is quite a revolution for the walleye angler. You do not any skill level of fishing to use this device. The nice thing is the price is right and you can use it on different types of rods with different types of reels and line.

The floating Rapala is something every angler wants to have just in case. It wells well for catching walleye, but this is also going to depend on the water condition and the weather conditions. This is a surface bobber that dances on the surface of the water attracting the fish. Walleye do not come to the surface unless it is cloudy, so this is only good at certain times. This lure is more suited for imitating baitfish, but again it will only be affective in certain conditions. Maybe when the Mayflies are on the waters surface during the season.

The Eagle GPS has a speed indicator that can tell your speed when trolling. This is unique and needed if you are trolling for walleye during the night and even during the day. You want to keep your speed at a certain point when you are trolling and this system works great for supplying this information. When you plan to do a lot of trolling, the RAM trolling motor is the best for stabilization. This gives you protection for the motor as well as the hull.

Most anglers will tell you that rod makes the difference. Walleyes are light strikers because they inhale the bait. You need a rod that you can feel the strike as light as it may be. You want a lighter rod made of graphite. The rods have different ratings for the modulus, which for walleye fishing, you want a rod with a higher modulus rating because it is going to be sensitive and lighter. The guides need to be made of a hard ceramic such as Silicon Carbide or a Hardloy. Keep in mind that where the guides are placed is also important.

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