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Favorite Lure Species for Walleye

-- Last Updated: Dec-21-13 7:20 PM EST --

I've been trolling with a jointed Shad Rap for a while now with good results, but last June, a huge Canadian Northie broke my line and took my favorite one back into the drink after I had landed him (I really thought he was played out). When trying to replace it, I found the color configuration has been discontinued. I was wondering if anyone else uses a jointed deep diver type of lure for trolling in northern waters, and if so, what you suggest I use in place of my dear departed JSR?

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    Crank Baits
    I've had good luck with a Rebel Crawfish, in any of the sizes. The best color seems to be the brown with the orange belly. I've had some success with the all natural colored model and a few strikes with the brown with the chartreuse belly.

    I've not tried any jointed crank baits. I mostly use floating one piece models.

    As far as deep divers, I've had some success with shad, perch and bass colored deep divers.

    Outdoorguy57
  • Williams
    -- Last Updated: May-17-14 8:00 AM EST --

    Wabbler, silver spoon with dimples (Thats an old school lure, sorry) or I've had good luck with the Thunderstick Jr. or floating orange Rapala. Mostly I've had them hit a harness while trolling with an ultralight - that will keep you busy. Fish On.

  • By far
    the best crank bait I ever had was a Rebel Tiny Wee-R with bass body/light gray belly.The thing was like magic catching LOTS of fish but something with a mouth full of sharp teeth took it away years back.I've never seen one anywhere since.There are some that look similar but....
  • Rapala or Twister tail
    Dear Beaverjack,

    I've caught many walleye and I think every one of them was either caught on a Rapala or a jig head and Twister tail.

    I like Rapala's in Blue/Silver, Black/Gold Firetiger, Perch, and Clown. Twister tails only need to come in 3 colors, Black, Purple, and Chartreuse.

    If you want to troll deeper put a barrel swivel on your main line about 2 feet ahead of your Rapala and tie a 6 inch section of 4# test line to one of the eyes of barrel swivel. To that attach a bank sinker with enough weight to get to the depth you need to be at. You can get a floating Rapala down to 15 or 20 feet deep easily with a long line and 1/2 to 3/4 ounces of bank sinker.

    If the sinker catches on something a quick yank will break the 4# test and you'll get your $ 6.00 Rapala back.

    You can also use in-line sinkers with eyes if you are concerned about dropping lead in the water but you lose a lot of the snagless feature of having the sinker on a dropper.

    Regards,

    Tim Murphy AKA GOOBS
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    Favorite lures
    Not sure how far north you consider northern waters, but on Lake Erie just about anything purple or gold. Reef Runners are popular where I live (Huron/ Vermilion), but I have been drifting a lot over the last few years. Gold Erie Dearie w worm seems to be the ticket.
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