The next very important factor is sound or vibration. Studies
have shown that vibration is one of the most important attractants
for predatory walleye. Water is an ideal medium for the
transmission of sound. The speed of sound in air is approximately
330 meters per second compared to approximately 1500 meters
per second in water. Yes, sound is an astounding 5 times
faster in water. This speed can be altered depending on
the salinity, temperature and water depth, but the efficiency
of sound travel in water cannot be discounted. Because
water is such an efficient transmitter of sound, walleyes have
adapted to use sound as a tool for locating food. They
hear through ear bones, called otoliths, which vibrate when
sound waves pass through the walleye. Walleye also have a lateral
line along each side of their body which picks up water movement.
The lateral line helps a predatory walleye find and capture
food and avoid enemies. The walleyeís lateral lines are extremely
sensitive allowing them to tell where a sound/vibration is coming
Now this does
not necessarily mean you want to go out and purchase lures with
loud rattles or unnatural sounds. It is a much safer
bet to rely on vibration alone. Vibration creates
a natural sound in underwater environments and is unlikely to
cause any alarm for feeding walleye. Walleye can hear
the swimming motions of lures ó even the smallest jig.
For cranks and spinner baits careful engineering and design
must always take into account the vibration factor and its allure
to predatory walleyes. Common sense also plays a
factor. A deep cup Colorado blade is going to have
more vibration than a regular cup. The contour of
the deep cup blade results in more water displacement, causing
greater vibration patterns. Flat edges on a crankbait
for instance will provide more water resistance than a rounded
form creating more vibration. Always evaluate your
lures and choose those with a configuration that is consistent
with more water displacement or vibration.
And letís not
forget about the size and contour of the lure. The general
rule is the bigger the walleye the larger the target of prey.
But walleye wonít take on a target that has too much mass or
depth. They like food sources that are contoured
for easy head first swallowing. Lures that are longer
and thinner with a thinner contour at the head have more chance
of triggering strikes than lures with heavier profiles.
Add some natural shape along with the thinner, longer profile
and you quite possibly have a winner.
Most lures on
the market rely on pattern and color factors more so than presentation.
They look good to the fishermen but donít present the wounded
or dying baitfish action to the predatory walleye. This fluttering
action requires precision in weight distribution, angle and
configuration. Here the action of the spoon is more critical
than the color and pattern design. It is simply difficult to
imitate the fluttering action of a wounded baitfish and the
fish sense it. Such movement triggers a walleyes predatory
instinct because walleye are not conditioned to be wary of a
fish demonstrating such movement. Itís like ringing the
dinner bell when walleye see this fluttering dance. It
can create many more primal strikes.
The last piece
of this sometimes confusing puzzle is presentation. You can
have the best lure on the market and if youíre not presenting
it properly to the predatory walleye your success will be minimal.
Proper presentation should be prepared by any serious lure engineer
and offered to customers wanting to catch more fish. If presentation
tactics are not offered as part of the package, one should be
wary of purchasing the lure. The only presentation these lure
manufacturers may be concerned with is the store presentation
to you the fisherman.
Yes itís difficult to know what lures work most effectively.
only carry lures that are known producers. We are
constantly doing our homework researching and testing new products
to weed out the poor imitations and only carry lures proven
to catch more and bigger walleye. We not only the carry the
name brand, proven products but we are also on the lookout for
the new lures that are relatively unknown to the market, yet
more effective at catching walleye. Finally, we put significant
effort behind instructing all of our customers on how to properly
use any of our products to get the best results. We know your
presentation is critical to your success. You can visit us at