Charlie Wray has a TV Fishing Show called Fishful Thinking. In my opinion, it's the best fishing show on TV because Charlie provides a lot of helpful advice to both beginning and experienced anglers and he explains what he uses and why.
This week on his show he talked about a great tip for Lake Erie Walleye Fishing and he explained it very well. This is a great Walleye Fishing Tip that I Charlie explained on his show today that I intend to use this summer Fishing Walleye on Lake Erie.
Lake Erie has become extremely clear because of the booming populations of zebra mussels. These voracious filter feeders continually filter the water of algae resulting in the increased clarity of water on Lake Erie over the last 30 years or so.
With this improved clarity, walleye are able to see a lot better than they already can, so putting a jet diver or dipsy diver close to your lure can scare off the timid Lake Erie Walleye.
Charlie gives this great tip to avoid having a deep diver too close to your bait.
We all know that it is a big advantage to get our lures away from the boat to avoid spooking walleye with the motor. To do this we can use either regular planar boards or use the new in-line planar boards, which are fairly easy to use and you don’t need to use a mast.
In the diagram below, I have set up what Charlie explains: you can see that he is using an in-line planar board at the water surface. Line leads down from the planar board to a swivel. This swivel must be small enough to fit through your spool.
The swivel is connected to 20 feet of fluorocarbon leader which is invisible underwater. With clear Lake Erie water, presentation is everything, and it is of utmost importance because Lake Erie walleye will not see a line connected to something that is moving like a fish.
Here is the big point that Charlie stresses. He connects the jet diver to the swivel by using a simple alligator clip. He also connects a safety clip to the jet diver in case the alligator clip lets go. He also places a bead on the line about 3 feet up from the lure so that if the jet diver lets go, it will run down the line and not reach the fish. This avoids the possibility of the jet diver running into the lure, releasing the fish.
This simple tip makes incredible sense on open water, clear lakes like Lake Erie and I’m grateful to Charlie Wray for sharing it with us.
Maddalena Environmental Inc.