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"Changing Walleye Diets"
The diet of a walleye will change throughout the year depending on what is readily available to
them. Their natural diet includes insects, crayfish, worms and most  species of minnows and
other fish.  It is important to know what their natural diet is and what their feeding habits
are. While live bait presentations are usually the most
productive artificial lure presentations can also be very productive if you know
what their natural diet is at the time and imitate it.
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by Captain Darrell Mittlesteadt
"Early Lake Conditions"
When fishing walleye pay close attention to lake conditions.
Early in the year fish the areas on the north side of the lake.
The water will warm faster in the spring on the north side of the lake,
the weeds will start to grow first in these areas, the forage fish will go to the warm shallow
areas on the north side of the lake
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Woodruff, WI  54568
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by Captain Darrell Mittlesteadt
Change Your Speed
When trolling for walleyes you will increase your catch and pick up extra fish by inciting a strike
from the fish that follows your lure but will not hit. Changing speed will trigger these fish.
Change speeds by speeding up and slowing down your motor, by pumping your rods, by zig zagging
your course or by one of the most effective ways I have found. I will let 10 to 15 feet of line
go from each reel, after a couple of minutes I will reel in 10 to 15 feet of line. I repeat this
every few minutes.  
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the weed bed. This is especially true during low light periods. When fishing these
areas use the smallest possible bait that will allow you to make long casts.
Fish these areas from as far away as possible. Try not to spook them.
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Establish Patterns
Establish patterns. When you catch a walleye make some mental notes by asking yourself some
questions such as; What depth was this fish at? What kind of structure or bottom did this fish
come from? What type of lure or live bait did it hit? What are the light and wind conditions? By
answering these and other questions like these you will be able to pattern the walleyes and
greatly increase your catch
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Wallye: Light Conditions
Walleyes see very well in dim light and tend to seek darker water as the light gets brighter.
Schools will travel in deeper open water during daytime hours and feed along structure and weeds
during night time and low light conditions. The dawn and dusk light levels, in clear water, are
ideal times for walleyes to feed because of their sight. Walleyes will feed heavily in the
shallows at these times. In murky water they will remain in the shallows, feeding heavily during
the day. Food is detected in murky water through vibrations detected by ultra sensitive nerves
along each side of their body known as the lateral line. The lateral line sensitivity allows the
walleye to find food in water where they cannot see it.
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by Captain Darrell Mittlesteadt
Walleye: Pay Attention Under Boat
Every time you are fishing, especially on familiar waters where we tend to not pay close
attention to what happening under the boat, watch, pay attention and believe your locater. Fish
may be holding on a slight hump no matter how subtle it is or in an area where you haven’t found
them before. Look for areas away from the high pressure
spots where most fishermen won’t stop to fish. Success in a lot of cases depends on
paying attention to details and finding these spots.