Reported by: Arizona F& G THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE. Belly is white. This creates a very natural struggle as the Baitfish or Leech is treading against the slow drag. We wanted to check out campgrounds in that area and we really wanted to check out Lyman Lake. When the sun is high at midday, Walleye move deeper and hold tightly to shade providing Cover. Description Add a #7 Split Shot about a foot above the hook, and clip the ends of the Slip Tie down. You are trying to cover a lot of water casting and searching for Walleyes when your jigging plastics. Our new club meets at the American Legion Hall, 10625 N. Cave Creek Rd. Anal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins are amber-orange tinted. It will be most effective in Spring and Fall when you locate a school, but Float Drifting will also work during the prime dusk/dawn feeding hours during Summer. Fishing in Lake Mary: Lake Mary, southeast of Flagstaff, is divided into two lakes. Walleye are generally caught between 10-40 Ft. A typical mid-sized lake in the Midwest would likely hold Walleye between the depths of 10-15 Ft. during the Spring, 15-25 Ft. transitioning to Summer, 25-40 Ft. during Summer and back to 15-25 Ft. in the Fall. Here are some generalities so you have a frame of reference. The best time to catch walleye is from sundown to midnight, especially in the summer. Your plastic should be fully secured, covering the barb, and the shank should be long enough to exit the plastic with a gap long enough to get a good hook set. Walleye Crankbaits are predominantly known for their trolling applications, typically behind planar boards to spread multiple lures apart and to avoid the commotion generated from the boat and motor. A more advanced tactic, Spinner Rigs are beaded blade rigs that can sport a single hook for trolling Minnows and Leeches, or a double-hook harness to sport a full Nightcrawler. In Arizona's White Mountains we've got Walleye too! Structure. Here are some of the most historically popular lure options for Walleye. Our team uses our Multi-Species Combo as their primary rod and reel for most of our days on the water. Popular lures and baits include small jigs, spinners, worms, crickets and grubs. Fish species: Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye. Once you’ve paired the line weight to your rod and reel, consider adjusting further based on both of these variables. Keep them a foot above your Hook as they serve an important purpose in your Live Bait’s presentation. Pending confirmation by the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Kingsbury's walleye will be the new Arizona state record. for most circumstances, you will rarely need anything larger and anything smaller is going to be ineffective in the typical walleye depth range of 15-30 Ft. Chartreuse is my go to color for Live Bait jigging, however I always have some glow colors as well for late evening and night bites. Baitholder Hooks, Octopus Hooks, Jigs, Split Shot Sinkers. The Snake has some big Walleye that can get up to trophy 30″ 10 lbs. The rapidly rising water creates a lot of turbidity as sandy banks slough into the lake, and wind action stirs and suspends recently flooded soil. Target a 20 yard radius of uniform depth around the Structure you are fishing. The article was a very good read for me. For starting with only the 6’6″ M Combo, I recommend spooling it with an 8 Lb. Parker Canyon Lake, Patagonia, AZ Parker Canyon Lake may be a lesser-known area, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great fishing spot. The general rule of thumb for Paddle Tail Shads is to match-the-hatch so stick with natural colors like Pearl, Shad, Smelt etc. We had a specific reason for our stop in St. John's, AZ. All Rights Reserved, http://reeltimefishing.com/snake-river-walleye-fishing-guides. You will get snagged sometimes, but this is a greatly reduced occurrence compared to a regular Split Shot. Almost everyone who fishes Walleye in your local area will talk about what depths they are producing fish. Jigging is the most popular technique for targeting Walleye, we will cover this tactic in more detail near the end. The previous walleye record was 12 lbs., 12 ozs., caught in 1989 by Bruce Mohning of Lakeside. Leaches & Worms. Ed loves to fish the Pacific Northwest with his wife Sydney and our office manager Walter (golden retreiver). Casting into a ball of bait with a tail thumping shad will work well, but I haven’t had much luck with them outside of deep Summer and the Fall Mayfly Hatch when Baitfish are flourishing. Jig, drag, or swim these along the bottom. The type of fly you’re using. Cast 5-10 yards away from the boat and let the chop drift your Slip Float through the target area. These lakes produce most of the species of fish found in Arizona. 6′ Medium Light, Fast Action Spinning Rod + Size 30 (3000) Spinning Reel – Ideal for sensitivity, best used when jigging or rigging Live Bait. Let your line out next to the boat like you would jigging, keeping it only a few yards away from the boat. I fried the walleye and a 13-inch striper for supper last might. Angler's both young and old enjoy year round fishing in the White Mountains. Young feed on plankton and insects. Lots of small Walleye in the lake this year which is a good sign for upcoming fishing years. The first three are the most typical. These are an essential component for Live Bait and Spinner Rigs because they secure your leader to the main line and allow the rig to rotate without twisting the main line. Since walleye are so light sensitive, they are the most active early morning, late evening, or at night. Hot water temps and bright light are going to push Walleye deep, so targeting mid-lake structure like Holes and the Saddles of Humps are a go to on small to mid-sized lakes. It’s also great for fishing in a large group. How large a party do you need to have for a guided trip? On larger bodies of water trolling over Reefs and Flats are good options. If you have never fished before I highly recommend starting with Fishing for Beginners. Early and late hours are a great opportunity for shoreline and dockside anglers to have a shot at the marble eyes. Walleye were found most often on flat benches that averaged 20-25 feet deep. Here are some helpful hints. Angling The warmer water encourages the walleye to go further underwater as this is where the cooler water will be and that is the climate that they prefer. Walleye are just one of the many species of fish available to the avid fisherman! It’s better to know how Walleyes move based on seasonality, and apply that to your area. Walleye have been biting well on worms and small grubs. Go for the smallest you can, a #12 Snap Swivel will do the trick. If you were to start with both the 6’6 M Combo and 6′ ML Combo, I would recommend spooling up the most ideal line type for each form of presentation. Now you know where the Walleye are and what tackle you need to catch them. at speeds ranging from 1-2 MPH. 45-65 Degrees is the typical range for Spring, you should target the warmest areas of the lake. It’s not weedless, but it gets your bait swimming just above the bottom, 2-3 ft. away from the sinker and snap. Live bait, crankbaits, spoons, and small spinner baits do well in Arizona waters. Location and Habitat You want all the cards in your favor to start getting on fish. Bill Correll, 17638 Snake River Road, Asotin Wa. This is just a rule of thumb, there are tons of specialty Jigs out there and manufacturer’s size the ratio of weight to hook shank differently. Minnows and Leeches can be jigged, rigged, or floated on a Slip Bobber. Check our our post here for more information on Fishing Cover vs. Because the fish typically swims deeper than 10 feet, it is imperative for us to be knowledgable in understanding what goes on in the water at that depth. Tails tipped with Chartreuse in these colors are effective in stained water. Adjust the depth as you cover more water, and don’t let the rig float too far away or you’re at the wrong depth. In Arizona, anglers may take fish by one line with hooks or artificial lures. Mid-lake structure requires access to a vessel. Fishing the Mogollon Rim: Identifying structural transitions is most often the key to finding Baitfish and their ensuing Walleye. Feel along the bottom, letting your walking weight tick against the rocks. There is a time and place for Crankbaits and Soft Plastics, albeit these are typically more advanced and are generally used to weed out the eater Walleye and target trophies. A hole is a deep pocket of the lake, usually depressing in a circular shape with the deepest point in the center. The entire region is known for their deserts, cacti, and dangerous animal population. Mono offers forgiving stretch, it’s readily available and inexpensive. So if you fancy a quick bass trip or you are a fly fishing fanatic chasing the Apache trout, Arizona has the fishing for you. Continue to rotate around your boat covering the drifts. HookedAZ Administrator Staff Member. A typical Medium Power 6-7 Ft. spinning rod and a medium sized 35 reel will give you versatility to fish many of the popular Walleye techniques. This in-depth article is curated for folks who understand the basics of fishing and would like to learn how to fish for Walleye. A solid spinning combo is your first purchase to start fishing Walleye. Introduced in 1919 to Arizona. Thread the Slip Tie onto your line first and pull it in place. Speeds between 1-2 MPH are common with Crankbaits. Your going to need a good mix of Hooks and Sinkers for your Slip Bobber Rig, and to adjust your Live Bait and Spinner Rigs accordingly. Often times, transitions in Cover occur where transitions in Structure happen. 65-75 degree range is the optimal temperature for Walleye activity. Jigging is the act of presenting your bait near the bottom through lifts, drops and pauses to entice a bite. Other types of shoreline that indicate structure are turns, bends, and mouths of bays or creeks. For beginners, I recommend a 3″ Grub. Slip Bobber Rig: Tie > Bead > Float > Split Shot Sinker > Hook. Anything from sunfish to largemouth bass and walleye, not to forget catfish and channel cats, can be lured to your line. However, bait rigged for jigging will not cover up the typical Barbed-Jig’s shank so, Fireballs are the best option. Trolling is typically executed with planar boards to spread your offerings out and away from noisy motors. Night or day. in Phoenix, every third Tuesday of the month. Spawn in early spring when water temperature reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Cast your Soft Plastics rigged to Jig Heads and try bouncing, dragging, and swimming them back along the bottom. Walleye can be a challenging fish to target, but that’s what makes them so enticing. Walleye’s love Points because they sport multiple depth irregularities around a small area. In early Spring, Walleye are spawning when water temps reach 40 degrees. This is the method used to drag Live Bait Rigs along the bottom. Identifying cover and structure is critical for learning how to catch Walleye. Description. The worms top heavy design lets the tail end float up when sitting on the bottom. To jig you will need jig heads. Full Nightcrawlers are typically saved for spinner rigs but can also be a great float option. How far up the river do you guide?? The drop off area following a rocky Point will likely not hold the same rocky cover. You will be able to easily fish both Live Bait and Artificial directly to your Mono. MESA Meeting, AZ Game & Fish, 7200 E. University, Third Thursday of Each Month at 7:30 PM. Whether drifting by boat or casting off the dock, Walleye Rigs are next in your line up. Trolling involves running your lure or rig roughly 50-100 yards behind the boat at low speeds, preferably with a Trolling Motor. Finding them consistently in the Fall can be a challenge as they are moving throughout the water body fast, but once you find them the numbers will be countless. Walleye Lures such as Crankbaits and Soft Plastics are a staple among the Walleye elite. As a reminder, however, fishing is closed in all of WA right now because of COVID. You need to put your bait and tackle to work with some classic techniques. Thread Walleye fishing at Lake Pleasant. Fluorocarbon. Total miles from Phoenix to Lake Powell through Flagstaff is about 285 miles. Therefore, it’s easier to target Walleyes condensed in the shallows during low light vs. finding them in the deeper expanses during a sunny afternoon. Use a 1/4 Oz. The Southwest Walleye Anglers. It’s the fastest growing state, as its population is constantly increasing and has never slowed down. I should not have been surprised to catch walleye on this lure, even though it was midday and we were trolling in deep water. Crankbait, Grub, Paddle Tail Shad, and Ring Worm. Ken Vonschulze: Caught near the dam at Upper Lake Mary fly fishing with a black leech today (Saturday, April 27)! Soft (rear) dorsal fin has 12 to 13 rays. Anchor up and keep moving to new locations until you start getting bites. Walleyes that have migrated to the central and eastern basins work their way back to the western basin where most will winter and stage for the spring spawn. Jeff k, Mar 8, 2017 #1. Drifting a Slip Bobber is the best beginner option year round. Generally target depths of 10-15 ft. so your lures can stay close to the bottom. Try both approaches. You’re motor provides the momentum to your bait and you can cover expanses of water effectively. The reason your catch rates are likely to be higher after the sun sets is because walleye have extraordinary night vision. Drifting Live Bait is ideal for lethargic Walleyes in early Spring Spawn, or when poor conditions leave Walleye timid during Late Spring and Early Summer. I would focus on the deeper section of the river channel in the summer, however right now during spring and in fall the walleye are active along the shoreline so you can fish from shore. Walleye have a high sensitivity to light. For more information on how to use live bait in various Freshwater fishing scenarios check out our post Live Bait Fishing. A Sandy Beach? He loves to talk tackle and help folks learn to fish for the first time or for a new species. Alternate cadences and pauses, try a bunch of different actions but keep your lure in the strike zone a foot or two off the bottom. Walleye spread out and save their energy for survival during these less optimal water conditions. If Live Bait is not readily available or you’re set on targeting trophies, then lures are the way to go. There are 27 species that all call Arizona home and the state manages 1,500 miles of streams and 101 lakes, but where is the best place to start? Bait your Hook, preferably a Red Octopus Hook, with a Minnow or Leech (#6 for Leeches and Flatheads, 1/0 for Shiners). There are some solid guides that go right in your area, http://reeltimefishing.com/snake-river-walleye-fishing-guides. Kingsbury said he'd only been fishing for walleyes for about a month. These should be trolled along expansive Flats and Reefs during the summer months. Walleye will hold to changes in Structure, and position themselves right outside the Cover to ambush prey. Maximum age of 11 years. Look for larger Cover that expands across Structure such as emerging weeds that cover an entire Flat or rock piles surrounding a Point. Here is a line up of some of the best fishing in Arizona. If you let out too much line after you reach bottom, the sharper angle will wedge your sinker into rocks. Weight: 3 to 16 ounces. According to a report I read there is some pretty good walleye fishing in that lake. Once you figure out how to catch a few Walleye, you will greatly appreciate the challenge. Finding structure that holds Cover will increase your chances of finding fish. It never occurred to me that walleye fishing is actually incredibly tedious and there are plenty of elements we ought to consider including the location, which happens to be the most challenging aspect of the recreation sport. Use the Medium power rod for artificial approaches like Crankbaits and Soft Plastics, switch to the Medium Light power for live bait. Arizona State Fishing License Required. If the bite is slow and I am marking fish, or if I am going for eater sized eyes I will use Flathead Minnows (2-3″). Walleye are covering a lot of water in the Fall, and school tightly to large packs. i even tried to make the print smaller but ran into the same issue. When the shallow bar reaches the uniform structure of the lake, the Point often transitions into a ledge or drop off. Mohning's fish was also caught in Show Low Lake. If you are balling them up you can get away with a single #2. They prefer low light periods so fish at dawn and dusk. I HAVE DONE SOME WALLEYE FISHING BUT YOU POINT OUT MANY ITEMS THAT WILL HELP. You can jig from dock or shore by casting and jigging your bait back on the retrieve. Found in Upper Lake Mary and Fool Hollow Lake. As Summer approaches in July, the Baitfish population ramps up to a surplus as water temps rise and Walleye move deep in search of their ideal temperature range. Grubs in the 3-4″ range should be paired with 1/4 or 1/8 Oz. As Summer vegetation erodes, Baitfish are pushed deep into the Walleye territory right when they become aggressive. Their internal feeding clock is ticking more actively during dawn and dusk regardless of light conditions during the day. Walleye are hungry after the spawn, and the water around Points have heated up. Tips on best times and places for high catch rate, more. When choosing trout fly fishing lines, a simple approach is to match the line weight to the weight of the reel to ensure the best balance and accuracy. Hatch to school immediately. Known for their effectiveness in Rivers, the vibrating ring worm is a go to for big Walleye in fast moving current. Post Spawn however, is the most effective time to target Walleye. Originally from the northern part of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. The Walking Weight (1/4-1/2 Oz) is molded so it slides over and around rocky crevasses. 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