Trolling Cranks for Fall Walleye

There's something beautiful about fall. I'm not talking about the color of the leaves and perfect sweater weather, I'm talking about the chance to get those big trophy walleyes. This time of the year is by far the best for numbers and size. All the yahoos with speed boats and seadoos are off the water and its like you have the lake to yourself! I find this the best time to get out and troll your favorite spots, or try some new ones. Mid- late September here in eastern Ontario, the walleye are still sticking around their summer haunts, and are feeding more aggressively than in the summer. In the next couple weeks they will make their way towards their spawning grounds, (in my case it's the mouth of a river) so I like to catch them just before they take off. Here are a few of my go-to crankbaits I use when trolling for fall walleye.


Cotton Cordell Wally Stinger
Cotton Cordell Wally Stinger

The Cotton Cordell Wally Stinger is my fall weapon of choice. Especially in this special perch color, walleye can't resist it. I prefer to use the shallow diving version of this lure to get those suspended walleye on choppy days. On clearer days I switch to a deeper diving one. The slimmer body shape gives this lure a different motion from its cousin, the Wally Diver, that drives the walleye nuts.

Nice fall Walter!
Nice fall Walter!

Rapala Crankin' Rap
Rapala Crankin' Rap

Next up is the Rapala Crankin' Rap. This little beauty is great for trolling because it is designed to dive to its depth as fast as possible which is great for when your trolling tight lines and need to get down to where the walleye are quickly. As well there is something about those holographic eyes that make the walleye hit this lure twice as hard!

Cotton Cordell Wally Diver
Cotton Cordell Wally Diver

Last but not least is the little work horse of the bunch, the Wally Diver. Similar to the Wally Stinger, but featuring the original Wally design, this particular version - the 2 1/2 inch silver and blue - gets me more Walter's in the boat than any other lure. The big lip on this lure gets it down to the depths in a hurry where those hungry walleye are hanging out. The bottom bumping, irresistible action entices a bite that most other lure can't. So there you have it, three lures that every walleye fisherman should have in his fall arsenal. Catching walleye is never a guarantee but with these three little beauties on your side, your odds will be a lot higher! For those of you in Eastern Ontario be sure to check out my show Catch 2 Kitchen, airing weekends this fall on Rogers 22! Stay tuned for a ton of more recipes!


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