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Spring trophy walleye and Summer walleye fishing both really separate fisheries and often different methods. Based on water flows and temperatures of the Columbia river.

Licensed as a Oregon fishing guide and Washington fishing guide we cover many places throughout the best areas of the fishery. 

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Walleye Fishing Tips & Information
People ask how to catch walleye well some of the methods we use are.
Jig fishing often catch trophy bass too
Bottom walker and spinner worm harness
Blade bait fishing
Jig and worm
Soft plastics and swim baits.

All methods listed have best times of the year that will produce the most fish based on water flows or time of year.

As a Columbia River Guide we strive to always use the best method for the time of year and catching limits of walleye is our goal.


How to blade bait walleye on the Columbia river? Walleye fishing blade baits?

Blade baits have been the downfall of hungry walleyes for decades.

Columbia river walleye Blade baits come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and even polished gold plated or sometimes nickel or copper. Blade baits come with eyes or without. Always a big debate on what color the eyes should be.

Its for certain the blade bait will cast like a bullet and sink like a brick. Which is what a makes a perfect Columbia river walleye fishing rig.

The secret to blade baits is the vibration. Whether jigged or casted and ripped.  

Blade baits send out a thumping pulsing rhythm that walleyes cannot resist.

Keeping the blade bait vertical with 3 to 4inch jigs off the bottom it will mimic a wounded minnow or small panfish. Combined with the vibration Columbia river walleyes will practically knock themselves out biting the lure. 

For more help fishing for walleyes on the Columbia river contact a Columbia river fishing guide to best help you on your next walleye fishing adventure.


How to catch  walleye Columbia river :

Bottom walker spinner worm harness:

Easiest way to get started fishing Columbia river walleye is the spinner worm harness. 

Commonly the spinner worm harness is trolled or drifted attached to a bottom walker. 

Why troll downstream? The current in the Columbia river is too much to try to fish upstream unless you trolling deep diving plugs which i will cover in another article.

The bottom walker comes in various sizes depending on time of year, amount of water flow, dept of water and experience will determine the weight needed. 

What size of weight for bottom walker is common and does length of wire make a difference a few questions clients ask all the time?

Answer is in the winter and late summer months the river has the slowest flows.

If fishing 18ft to 25ft you can use as little as 1.5oz where as in the spring and early summer fishing same place you may need a 3oz. 

In winter and summer months where walleye are in deep water due to extreme water temps.

2.5 oz to 3oz is very commonly used.

so carry a variety of them in your tackle box to cover any situation. 

You will find with more experience in boat control you will downsize the weight of them to have better feel of the walleye biting.

length of the bottom walker wire is a personal touch really. Some say they want short wires to get baits closer to bottom well 6inches or more isn’t gonna be that big of a deal. I prefer the longer wired ones 18 inches or longer to keep baits from snagging into rocks.

Types of rods needed to walleye fish? 

Well I recommended having couple different ones based on method your fishing.

because of good sized fish up to 20lbs in the Columbia river and using 3oz weights i say a 15lb to 20lb rated rod works best in the 6.6ft to 7ft rage. A 7ft rod will have a softer tip if you prefer.

Whereas if you were jigging with 3/8 oz jigs to 3/4 oz. jigs which I will cover later you will want a light action rod in the 8lb to 12lb test rating range. To feel those small bites more sensitive rods is needed. 

Where to fish walleyes when trolling bottom walkers.? 

I will have to break it up into seasons because the fish move around allot based on water temps, water flows and food. 

Winter months cold season they will be deep up to 45ft sometimes to find warmer water.

Late winter and early spring walleye will before have focused on pre spawning they will start moving shallower to 24ft to 34ft and while spawning as little as 8ft deep.

summer months the fish are chasing food and cooler water early summer they will be from 24ft to 37ft in our area and if water gets to warm I’ve seen they dive into deep water such as 60ft which makes them real difficult for a novice fisherman deep water is where the most water flow typically is and staying on bottom can be a challenge.

Always focus finding fish on the water seams where slack water meets the higher flow current. Sloped edges, drop offs and behind islands is typically where fish hide out. If the current becomes to extreme like in spring flood water fish will seek refuge in bays and back water. 

The bottom walker and spinner worm harness isn’t always the best method to use to fish walleyes but it’s the easiest for the novice. You will cover allot of ground that you normally won’t cover in one-day jigging or blade baiting fish. Its effectiveness is good though in most situations. 

Keep track of where you catching fish and if you find a pocket of fish then circle back on them and try using a jig method to stay over the top of them while they are there.

remember walleye move around allot if they stop biting try moving out deeper or in shallower with boat traffic they will spook out of the area up or downstream.

good luck fishing this technique.

For more help in using this method of fishing for walleye contact a Columbia river guide to help you through your next adventure with fishing for walleyes on the Columbia river.

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