Crankbaits


Lipless crankbaits work great for walleye when walleye are in the shallows.  You can also fish a lipless crankbait on a Carolina rig or 3-way swivel rig.  Very few anglers fish it this way, but it can be effective.  Most anglers would throw the lipless crankbait around the shallows early in the morning and in the evening to target walleye that come in shallow to feed aggressively.  That peak bite drives walleye in as shallow as just a couple feet of water and lipless crankbaits will catch them.


Shallow diving crankbaits work great when walleye are in the shallows.  Whether it be the spring or just the peak morning and evening bite in the summer and the fall, these shallow diving crankbaits can get it done when walleye fishing.  Target walleye in that 2 to 6 foot range when they are shallow and you can put a lot of nice walleye in the boat in a hurry.  When the bite goes deeper though, don’t be afraid to put the shallow cranks away in favor of the deeper baits. Most of the time, walleye will not be shallow, but when they are, they can be a lot of fun to catch with shallow diving crankbaits.


There are times when the medium depth diving crankbaits will do very well for walleye.  You can usually find a lot of walleye in the 6 to 12 foot range in the spring on lakes and rivers and these crankbaits do a great job of putting walleye in the boat.  In the summer and fall, try targeting these depths during the morning and evening and you will catch a lot of active walleye that are moving shallower to feed aggressively on bait fish.


Deep diving crankbaits are the most reliable type of crankbait to target walleye.  The reason for this is that walleye love going deep and you can catch walleye deep from spring through fall.  In the summer and late fall, trolling deep diving crankbaits may be one of the best ways to target walleye, especially quality-sized fish.  Cast them or troll them.  Whether you fish 15 feet down or 30 feet down, there is a deep diving crankbait for you to use.


Minnow-shaped crankbaits are longer, slender crankbaits.  They work great for walleye since most of the bait fish that walleye feed on are longer and slender.  The other crankbaits work well also, however, most experienced walleye anglers will tell you that they catch more fish and bigger fish by going with the minnow shaped crankbaits that are longer.


Flatfish have been catching walleye for many years, although, many anglers don’t ever use them for walleye fishing.  You can cast these lures, but flatfish are a great lure to use when you troll for walleye.  When trolling, try adding a nightcrawler to a hook on the back of the lure.  The action of the flatfish will draw the walleye closer to the lure and the nightcrawler will tempt them into eating.