Nightcrawlers work great for walleye.  Anglers use nightcrawlers in a variety of different ways for catching walleye.  During the summer, one of the most common ways to fish a live worm is to troll or cast it on a spinner rig (also known as a crawler harness).  From the spring through fall, some of the other common ways to fish a nightcrawler for walleye is to use slip bobbers, bottom rigs and jigheads.  In cooler water temperatures, nightcrawlers don’t typically do as well as a live minnow, chub or small sucker, so most walleye anglers fish nightcrawlers from late spring through early fall.

Half Nightcrawler for Walleye

A half nightcrawler can be very effective, especially when walleye are biting short.

Wacky Rigged Crawlers Work Great Too

There is some very good action with a wacky rigged nightcrawler.  It’s a good way to get more bites, especially if the bite is a little light.

Best Nightcrawler Rigs

Carolina Rig

Drop Shot Rig


Slip Bobber

Spinner Rig

Split Shot Rig