December 9, 2022

Walleye Fishing Tools You Should Have

To fish successfully for walleye, the right tactics will require the right tools. Walleye don’t go gently after you hook them and many a less-informed angler has lost …

To fish successfully for walleye, the right tactics will require the right tools. Walleye don’t go gently after you hook them and many a less-informed angler has lost a trophy-to-be because he lacked the right technique and equipment. Don’t let this happen to you. Learn what types of walleye fishing tools there are what you should have in your fishing arsenal.

Rods and reels
When looking for rods and reels (you might need only one set if you’re a beginner), hone in on construction and quality. These are the basic components of your fishing tools and should be chosen based on the temperament and mood of the walleye.

Look for a flexible rod that allows for medium action so if you need to retrieve the fish, you don’t have to worry about too much resistance. A good rod should allow you to ’sense’ or feel it even if the fish takes a light, short bite.

Look for a spinning reel, something that allows for minimum drag. You’ll find this extremely helpful when it’s time to pull in the fish. Use a thin monofilament line. Depending on the conditions, you’ll use 2-lb. to 14-lb. test line, so make sure you have a good selection.

Tools for the end of the line
Sinker, lure or bait are designed to work with your line. Choose those that will attract the fish and maximize your presentation.

Jigs – the jig is one secret weapon that anglers pray walleye never get used to. This is credited for catching some of the biggest and heaviest walleye and you’ll want to make sure this is part of your fishing tool set.

Pliers are necessary if you practice catch-and-release. You’ll use these to cut the end of the hooks to release the fish. Pliers are also multi-function tools.

Net
A net will help ease the retrieval of the walleye, especially if you catch one that you intend to mount. Nets make it easier for you to handle a walleye still keen on battling it out. Because of the net’s support, you’re less likely to damage the fish.

Cleaning equipment
The only cleaning equipment you’ll want to bring is a good knife or if you prefer, a fillet knife. This is enough to assist you in cutting and slicing the fish for cooking or for storage.

If you don’t want to clean the fish or don’t know how, bring a storage box. The walleye will usually store well wrapped in wet burlap or newspaper but if you’ll be traveling far, store the fish in ice.

Guides
If you’re new to the area, you’ll need maps, a compass, even a GPS to help you get in and out.