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The "SAL"

September 13, 2012

“The SAL”



Some of the best fishing of the year is upon us as we approach the seasonal fall bite. However till the water temps cool down a bit more the “SAL” (Summer/Fall) is upon us. This is the time of year when the Walleye are in transition from the summer patterns to fall patterns. This is a great time of year to be versatile and prepared to offer those eyes up whatever it may take to trigger a bite. Some walleye will move deep right away and some will still hang up shallow in the warmer water. A very important key to this as any time 
of year but more so now is to find schools of bait fish as the walleye are about 
to begin a feeding frenzy . If you find the bait you will most likely find the 
feeding walleye’s just below waiting for the right time to strike. Buy this time 
of year the bait fish have grown a little larger and I wouldn’t be afraid to 
begin to up size your baits a bit such as a #5 or #7 Flicker Shad or #5 & 
#7’s Rapala JSR. Crawlers are still a great option for those live bait rigs but 
it may be a bit early to break out those creek chubs. Most importantly you pay 
attention to what the fish are telling you as far as size and color. If your 
bait is working then stick with it, if not don’t be afraid to mix it up and try 
something different.


One of my favorite methods this time of year is to troll crank baits so I can cover the shallow and deep water while watching the graph looking for those schools of bait fish and hopefully pick up on some active shallow water walleyes.  If the walleye are holding up a little deeper I may slow troll (>1mph) a live bait rig around to trigger a bite. Some day’s slow and subtle is what they want so once again don’t hesitate to switch it up a bit, being diverse can be the difference in a good day or a great day! The weather is going to play a major role this time of year as there can certainly be some unstable weather here in Nebraska. Look for those days of consistent weather patterns (3-4day’s) as being your best option. Just one little cold front can change things over night. The Barometric pressure is the difference in staying home or hitting the water. A steady Barometric pressure makes for good fishing and when it falls expect for a moment of great fishing. But when high pressure is present you may need to slow down and try some different live bait approaches such as Jigs or a slow death rig as the Walleye are normally a bit more lethargic.


 So don’t put that gear away and head for the woods just yet. Hunting season is here but so is some of the best Walleye fishing you’re going to get all year.  If you have never fished for walleye in the fall then you are missing out on your best opportunity to hook into that pig of a fish so give THEWALLEYEGUYS a call thewalleyeguys.comand book your trip today.

 Written by:

Brian Bashore

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