Walleye are a prize catch, but they can be difficult to hook. Catching a trophy size walleye is even more challenging. But it’s the challenge that makes walleye fishing so enticing to seasoned anglers. Walleye fishing will never be easy, but you can make it easier. To catch walleye, you need to use the right bait and tackle, but more importantly you need to use a powerful fishing rig.
Walleye rigs are one of the most effective pieces of tackle an angler can use to catch walleye during open season. A good fishing rig will present bait at the depth where walleye are feeding in a manner that entices walleye to bite.
Walleye rigs are ideal for finesse fishing techniques because they can be used with fluorocarbon leader that is practically invisible in water and live bait—both essential to catching finicky walleye.
There are various types of walleye rigs. There are rigs for trolling, casting, drifting and still fishing. But which rig should you use? Below we’ve listed the best rigs for catching walleye. Explore each rig description in detail to determine which rig is best for where, when and how you’ll be fishing walleye.
A versatile rig for fishing natural or artificial bait from shallow to deep water
Trolling rig that keeps bait close to the bottom while minimizing snags from cover