All summer walleyes have been in deep water following baitfish around, but come September and the start of cooler weather many of those baitfish head back to shallower water to spawn. Walleyes follow, and flipping and pitching a jig in shallow water becomes the No. 1 tactic for boating a big limit.
Walleyes are walleyes no matter where they wander. As a general rule, whether they reside in inland lakes, rivers, reservoirs or the Great Lakes, their year-round habits are shaped by two things: spawning and eating.
Trolling, rigging and jigging are great ways to put walleyes in the boat, but when conditions are right, casting shad-bodied crankbaits to shallow structure knows no equal for racking up big numbers of early summer ’eyes.
Bruce DeShano seems laid back enough -- until he talks about his passion for speed. The founder of Off Shore Tackle likes to drag race a souped-up Mustang with 700 horses under the hood. He reaches speeds more than 140 mph in a quarter mile!
Under the gunmetal skies of an overcast, early-season morning, two classic v-hulled walleye boats rock in the chop over a promising reef. For the past three hours the anglers have done their best to trigger bites from the bottom-hugging ’eyes clustered below.