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Start with some research to understand Walleye. As with any fish, it is helpful to know things such as their habitat, what they eat, and how they behave.

Walleye habitat: Steep, rocky slopes and ledges, current seams/breaks

Walleye food: Smaller fish, crawfish

Walleye behavior: Active and more shallow at night, hang off deeper ledges during the day

GET THE GOODS

1. License

2. Fishing Pole (including a reel)

3. Walleye Tackle (don’t forget your worms)

Pick the right gear for your technique:

Example:

Boat fishing technique: Try “bottom-walker” weights and spinner rigs, trolled slow near the bottom

Shore fishing techniques: Try hopping/bouncing a 1/8–1/4 ounce Jig with a Plastic Grub along the bottom after a long cast.

FIGURE OUT THE WHEN AND WHERE

Best times and places for Washington Walleye shore fishing: Crab Creek in Moses Lake (Alder Street Fill), beginning the first week of April when the water starts to flow (water current stimulates upstream movement of Walleye).

Best times and places for Washington Walleye boat fishing: Banks Lake, Lake Roosevelt, and the Columbia and Snake Rivers are prime places to go for numbers of fish May -June. Potholes, Moses, and other waters are great too, but not have the same volume of Walleye as the few mentioned above.

Biggest Walleye are generally caught during February and March from the Columbia River.

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER

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