Crankbaits are undeniably deadly weapons for walleye fishing, and many factors merit careful consideration when selecting the best of the best. For the purposes of this piece, we’ll focus on deep-bodied, lipped baits (as opposed to slender minnowbaits, a story we’ll save for another day). Such designs excel at imitating shad, bluegills, and other stout-profiled prey, but also trigger strikes from ’eyes focused on perch, bullheads, and more svelte baitfish.
While literally dozens of cranks are worthy of scrutiny for the Top 10 list, we wanted to include baits that shine in a variety of applications, so you can match top picks for various presentations.
Along with these recommendations, keep in mind In-Fisherman’s golden rule of crankbait selection as you choose baits for your own personal walleye fishing adventures. Focus on key characteristics, in order of importance. First, get the depth right or everything else is moot. Next, in order, the bait must work at the right speed and retrieve (or trolling) cadence, offer the right action, and exhibit the proper profile and color-pattern combination.