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Proven Meat Methods for More Walleyes

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If you’re like a lot of walleye anglers, you spend plenty of time rigging rods based on hunches, history, and hearsay. Sure, sometimes we get it right, but other times we don’t.

Turn back the clock, and walleye fishing’s pioneers fished a lot of livebait. The Lindy Rig has boxed probably millions of walleyes over the decades, and spinners, ‘crawler harnesses, slipbobbers, slow-death rigs, and jigs with livebait still catch tons of fish.

Old school in an era flooded with lifelike and fine-tuned artificial walleye presentations? Sure, wooden, plastic, and metal livebait mimics sometimes crush walleyes, but the opposite is also true. When walleyes are in a neutral or negative mood, livebait can persuade walleyes into biting—especially bigger, older, and conditioned fish.

Minnesota-based guide Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, for instance, never leaves the launch without an assortment of livebait—what he calls “insurance” to ensure his clients end up with a mess of eaters, a shot at a photo fish, and good memories at day’s end. In this article, I look at several top meat-methods for walleyes, from livebait tactics perfected by veteran guides decades before forward-facing sonar to today’s winning technology-assisted plays.

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