Trolling for walleye in Lake Erie can be tricky for a beginner.  This article will help an amateur get the knowledge in order to hook some Lake Erie walleye.  Many old school walleye fisherman either bottom bounce or cast for walleye.  Trolling will put you in a whole different ball game as far as numbers.  You can even triple or quadruple your numbers by trolling instead of using other traditional methods.

First, you need to have basic trolling equipment aboard your boat.  Whether you have a large or small boat you can outfit it for trolling with just a little work and money.  You need to have rod holders.  Rod holders come in every shape and size and it is recommended you get the most sturdy ones that you can afford at the time.  Planer boards are a must when trolling for walleye  to get your bait away from the boat so you don’t scare the walleye.  Planer boards come in two versions.  There are big boards and offshore boards.  With big boards you only let out two boards and use a main line to attach multiple rod lines to the planer line.  Offshore boards are smaller and allow each pole to have it’s own planer board.  Lastly, you need to have a trolling motor or kicker motor on your boat.  This will allow you to get down to trolling speed for walleye which is about .8 to 2.0 MPH.


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Just as important as your equipment is your bait.  There are three different big types of trolling baits for walleye and they are spoons, spinners, and crank baits.  Spoons are trolled faster than the others and you can cover a lot of water trolling around 2.0 MPH.  You can pull spoons behind jet divers, dipsy divers, and weights all designed to get your spoon to the fish.  Spinners are used from May to about October.  They are trolled slower behind weights with a live night crawler attached.  This is by far the most productive way to troll up walleye.  Last are crank baits.  You can troll these all year at different speeds.  The colder the water temp the slower you troll, and just the opposite if you are in warmer water.  The most popular crank baits are reef runners, deep husky jerks, and shad raps.


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This article should get you well on your way to trolling for Lake Erie walleye.  They gear described is more than you need to get started.  They biggest thing you need to remember is take it slow at first and learn different techniques.