Top 5 Springtime Walleye Techniques

Top walleye tournament pro John Hoyer opens his tackle box and shares his top five springtime walleye techniques. Backed by perspective, experience and a tradition of tournament success, when Hoyer talks walleye fishing, it’s a good time to listen!

Here’s John Hoyer’s Top 5 Techniques for Springtime Walleye:

Approach 1: Slip bobber, 1/16th ounce jig and a lively leech.

Approach 2: Minnow-tipped 1/8th ounce jig.

Approach 3: Paddletail swimbait—4" hollow belly—fishing slowly, simple and realistic presentation.

Approach 4: Paddletail on a 1/4 ounce jig. Bright colors work great in stained water or during low light conditions, like sunrise or sunset.

Approach 5: Shallow running crankbait. Use something with not a lot of action, just a little roll. Great for casting from shore in a little bit of current or trolling them after dark.

Our Walleye Fishing Fundamentals provides some great background on walleye tips, tackle and habitat movement through the year.