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This is Why You Should Use Large Baits to Catch Big Walleye

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As you can see, walleye will eat prey fish that are nearly half their body length.

Angler Daryl Bauer of Nebraska Parks and Land recently posted these photos of an overstuffed walleye caught by a fisherman on Johnson Lake.

By the looks of it, the 25-inch-long walleye had quite an appetite.

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Image via neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/Steve K.

According to Bauer, walleye will eat fish that are more than 40 percent their body length.

These fierce predator fish will go after just about anything that moves. Sometimes, walleye end up suffocating from biting on fish that are too big to swallow. Although, Bauer said they’re usually smart enough to know if a fish is too big to fit into their mouths.

This one, not so much.

Image via neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/Steve K.
Image via neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/Steve K.

Bauer also said the pics are proof of why you should throw larger baits to catch big fish.

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He recommends fishing for walleye in shallow waters to catch post-spawn walleyes and gradually moving to deeper water. The reason being that more prey fish will hang out in warmer shallow water during the post-spawn.

Walleyes will bite on a wide variety baits and lures, including spinnerbaits, jerk baits, crank baits and jigs. They tend to feed on drum, small white bass, crappies, bluegills, bullheads and channel catfish. 

What’s you’re go-to lure or bait for catching walleye? 

Featured image via neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/Steve K.

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This is Why You Should Use Large Baits to Catch Big Walleye