Outdoors Angle: Keeping An Open Mind On Walleyes

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     We continue angling during this most unusual season and from the start of the season, things are so inconsistent that keeping an open mind on presentations and depth are critical for success.

     A good example is that I have been catching walleyes for about 2 weeks in very shallow water and suddenly they are now absent. They were in depths of 3 to 6 feet and now I am finding them in 15 to 16 feet. Obviously something has changed such as their prey, oxygen levels, food sources, etc.

     When I hit the water on a typical morning, I have a dozen rods rigged with various presentations that cover very shallow water, mid-depths and deeper water setups. Having many options allows you to instantly make changes on the run. Having live bait along for the ride is important as you never know when you will need it for a rigging situation. Crawlers or leeches always are in my boat at this time of the year as sort of a backup. I always start with artificials and then resort to live bait if necessary.

     It's all about being flexible on the water and having an open mind for different situations and presentation changes. There are times I may even change lakes during mid-morning if need be. Once again, keeping an open mind and being ready to adapt and improvise depending on the mood of the fish is paramount to success.

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.


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