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Harvest Moon Walleyes
By Sam Anderson
The full moon periods of October and November are special times of the
year, if you are interested in finding large fish, especially those
wallhanger walleyes that we seek during the summer months. Probably
more 10 lb. plus walleyes are caught during these months than any other
months. Those big walleyes are starting a feeding frenzy to fatten
themselves up before winter arrives.
Big walleyes will swim into the shallow waters to go on a feeding
spree. If you are in the shallows when this takes place hang
rod, you are about to catch some of the largest walleyes of your life.
As they get full they may slide down to deeper parts of the lake, but
again remember they have to eat and one of the places to start looking
for big walleyes is shallow. How shallow? Sometimes it
inches of water, just enough to cover them.
On lakes and rivers early fall patterns find big walleyes moving
shallow enough for some fisherman to actually see the walleyes.
shallow water stays cool enough for big walleyes through the summer.
the walleyes can find boulders or other shallow water cover to provide
shade, they may spend the summer at depths of 10 feet or less.
is the case, most anglers fish too deep.
In the fall big fish like big baits. In fact, that is never
prior to ice-up. The water is cooling down rapidly and
won’t expend a great deal of energy on a snack. They want something
If the water is cooling off, the fish are slowing down. They
sluggish and don’t want to chase all over the lake for food.
something easy and a lot of it. The anglers must also slow down
presentation to match the mood of the fish. Walleyes can’t resist
slow wobble of a
Rattlin’ Fat Rap, or the wide sweep of the thick Risto Rap. These
large fat baits pulled slowly using long-line trolling
techniques or casts into the shallows produce fish.
Don’t overlook a plump nightcrawler or a jumbo leech pulled behind
Hatchet Harness Spinner. Just because the bait is big and plump doesn’t
mean that your hooks have to be gigantic either. A small hook allows a
walleye to swallow the bait without feeling anything unusual. And
a small hook will not break or pull out. Most big walleyes are hooked
under snag-free conditions, so if you take your time and do not attempt
to horse the fish, light line will do the job. Many times I will
down my line from 6lb. test
XL to a 4lb. test XT, just to get a better feel and allow the big walleye
as little resistance as possible.
Think about what time of day you would like to be on the water.
of us would like to be there when the weather is nice, sunny and
bright. The big walleyes don’t want to be around during high
skies. They would prefer the low-light conditions or even the
night conditions to make their feeding run. Walleyes can also
harvested during the full moon periods of October and November.
The harvest moon cycle is one of my best times to be on the water.
Fishing pressure is now existent at this time of year. Instead
fishing during the dark of the night the full moon allows me some needed
vision of structure and gives me a bearing. Most important the
light also gets the fish moving. Walleyes rely more on their
than their other senses and this makes them susceptible to an anglers
If you are looking for me during the harvest moon time I will
be on the water. If you want to contact me drop me a line on
the web at
Hope to hear from you soon about your success
during the light of the harvest moon.
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