Top-Water Walleye

  • Riverrat
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    #2227280

    Did anybody else try for some top-water walleyes this weekend? I gave it a whirl, saw a few fish coming after my lure, and caught some decent pike, but no big walleyes. I saw in last weeks discussion that I wasn’t crazy and this is really a thing so would love to hear if anybody had any success on these late season feed-bag fish.

    Rodwork
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    Farmington, MN
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    #2227313

    I have had a blast doing this in the past. I didn’t get out last weekend. I had the best luck around 1AM in between a rocky shore and weed line. Only time I have caught walleye on a top water frog lure has been after dark.

    Looking forward in seeing other reports. Has others had success doing this during the daylight?

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
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    #2227318

    During frog season I use live frogs not top water artificial. And I’ve had good success doing just that

    LabDaddy1
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    #2227375

    I have but all (4) topwater eyes have been on the Mississippi River. Three on popper, one on plopper. Also a 3-4 lb channel cat on popper in 8+ fow on same stretch of river

    CaptainMusky
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    #2227382

    During frog season I use live frogs not top water artificial. And I’ve had good success doing just that

    Is that even legal anymore? I thought we couldnt use live frogs anymore?

    John Rasmussen
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    Blaine
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    #2227386

    Is that even legal anymore? I thought we couldnt use live frogs anymore?

    I don’t recall hearing we couldn’t. Although I have not done it in a couple decades.

    Gitchi Gummi
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    #2227387

    I mistakenly read this thread title as “top the tater walleye” and I got overly excited at some new fish fry hack that I didn’t know about it.

    Carry on

    Riverrat
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    #2227388

    I was in 2-6 feet of water on a pond, only the plopper would bring them up but the whole pond had fish swirling. We use artificial frogs alot, but the plopper on a steady retrieve seemed to have the most action.

    ssaamm
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    Pequot Lakes
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    #2227695

    I’ve seen it happen twice. Both on spooks. Couldn’t believe. Was wading a river. Put on an X Rap and caught a few more.

    rmartin
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    United States
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    #2227791

    Caught a 2# walleye on a buzzbait once.

    Tom P.
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    Whitehall Wi.
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    #2227999

    Trolling over weed tops in 6-8 feet of water, it was rougher then a cob that day and just slayed them. To keep out of the weeds only had about 20 feet of line out using No 12 Rapala Husky Jerks, this was on Pepin.

    Deuces
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    #2228114

    There are better ways to catch eyes.

    But you want to check that off a list then by all means toast

    tornadochaser
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    #2228168

    I was casting up to shoreline weeds here in SD on a typical prairie lake on Sunday. Switching back and forth between swimbaits and suspending jerk baits. Had a small walleye smack my #11 hit stick right after it hit the water. He missed it, and just sat there just below the water line while I twitched and danced that lure trying to get another strike. 5 minutes later I donated that hit stick to a big pike. sad
    It wouldn’t be very hard to get surface bait strikes from walleyes here in SD.
    I’m sure there’s guys purposely fishing that method, especially in the spring and fall. There’s already guys that use nothing but bass baits for walleyes out here. Chatter baits, spinner baits, ned rigs, etc.

    LabDaddy1
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    #2228169

    Caught a 2# <strong class=”ido-tag-strong”>walleye on a buzzbait once.

    Now that is impressive. Burning it or slow-rolling just enough to have the blade engaged? With or without “clacker”?

    LabDaddy1
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    #2228170

    There are better ways to catch eyes.

    But you want to check that off a list then by all means toast

    Of course there are better ways to catch walleyes… roll

    But that’s not what we’re discussing here.

    Deuces
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    #2228176

    No $hit Sherlock, hence my 2nd comment toast coffee

    Riverrat
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    #2228179

    Yeah Tornadochaser I’m only about 30 miles from the border so it’s the same prairie pothole lakes. When I try this weekend I’ll be bringing a chatterbait. It’s getting tougher though, now when I pull of the road to fish I have to make sure there’s enough room to let combines through.

    LabDaddy1
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    #2228215

    Spunky…

    Think somebody needs to go topwater fishing to release some tension! jester

    CaptainMusky
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    #2228221

    I don’t recall hearing we couldn’t. Although I have not done it in a couple decades.

    Where do you actually even get frogs? I remember seeing them in the 90s at Koepps bait shop in NIsswa but I have never seen them anywhere since because I thought it was banned. Maybe it was just sales in baitshops that was banned? THey used to have salamanders and/or mudpuppies too.

    LabDaddy1
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    #2228222

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>John Rasmussen wrote:</div>
    I don’t recall hearing we couldn’t. Although I have not done it in a couple decades.

    Where do you actually even get frogs? I remember seeing them in the 90s at Koepps bait shop in NIsswa but I have never seen them anywhere since because I thought it was banned. Maybe it was just sales in baitshops that was banned? THey used to have salamanders and/or mudpuppies too.
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    Usually in stores I find them in tanks next to the goldfish. Both work equally well in fall. Oh, you mean at bait shops…

    John Rasmussen
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    Blaine
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    #2228223

    Where do you actually even get frogs?

    Not sure, we used to catch our own when I was little and use them Bass fishing.

    slipperybob
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    Lil'Can, MN
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    #2228560

    It’s really something to catch walleyes off a top water lure. Next up, crappie challenge.

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