Way Of The Walleye: Steelhead Tactics

Fishing Post-Spawn Rivers: Steelhead Tactics
By CD RomCo

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Using steelhead-type rigging in small rivers to catch walleye requires some knowledge of the area before you can get the most out of the tactic. When walking the banks of a small river during the upriver walleye migrations of fall and spring, look for barriers. A barrier can be a neck where the width of the river narrows and the force of the current increases. Look for a long, deep pool just below a dam, a waterfall, or a rapids. Fish pause above barriers, too. A barrier can be a long stretch of shallow, broken water. A pool above or below long stretches of water with no holding habitat can be dynamite during a migration. Make short, then medium, then long casts, starting at the downstream end of the area. That way, hooked fish aren't dragged through the rest of the school. Current and the force of the rod pulls them downstream and away from the critical area. After covering the tail of the area with successively longer casts, move upstream five to ten feet and start over. To fish a productive hole with a ridge in front and a depression behind it, you must change rod position several times. Start by casting upstream and maintaining a high rod, giving current less line. That means you can use less weight and still get deep, which will help as the rig moves shallower. Approaching the ridge, the rod should be dropped downstream and parallel to the water. The current bows the line and pulls the rig up. As the rig drops into the pool, more current hits the line. The rod should be raised again to reduce the influence of current and to keep the rig tapping bottom.