I get some pretty good questions from time to time through my email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and one came through a couple of days ago which made me think for a lil’ bit. Its not often that I cover information that doesn’t deal with fishing from a boat, but today is one of those days, ” How do I fishing for walleyes from a bank?”
First off, the circumstances have to be right. That means if you are talking about a lake, you will need a fairly good drop off close to shore, or the ability to cast to the other (far) side of a weedline to where it starts to drop off. Other good spots are river run walleye, or those who stay in the river all year long.
For the river fishing, its hard to beat a lead head jig tipped with a twister tail, and just bounce it along the bottom of the river. Having a dam nearby with several good holes where the walleye will “pool” up is a good spot to target. Or you can go the Maumee route and rig up a carolina rig with an egg sinker and floating jighead n twister tail.
If you are truly hitting the banks of a lake though, its hard to beat a slip bobber rig. This could be an area where there is a dam, but you are fishing the up side of the flow, or it could be an area like I described earlier. A long glass rod with a fairly soft tip works best, but if you steelhead fish already, anything from an 8 ft to 9 and half foot rod will do the trick.
Rig a minnow with hook, and lead shot to draw the line through the bobber, or use a small lead head jig. Set your depth with the bobber stop, you will need to adjust the amount of line until you start getting action on the bobber. A weighted bobber will allow for longer casts. You can also use to what is referred as a casting bobber. Its a clear plastic bobber that you can partially fill with water for longer distances on your casts.