I have been studying up on current walleye technique and theory, but I have a problem. Due to budget and
equipment considerations I will not have any fishing electronics.
All of the information I've read says that
I need to find underwater structure to find walleye. Without modern
electronic fishing conveniences how do I go about that?
Any other ideas, tips, walleye stories, etc., gladly read. Thanks.
Your best bet is to first get your hands on a topographic map of the lake you
are fishing. Your larger fishing resort areas will have one. Otherwise you can
get FREE Michigan
Inland Lake Maps by County
on line, from the Michigan DNR at:
Michigan DNR Lake Maps.
Most maps for inland lakes are available and all you need to get one is, have a
printer connected to your computer. Now that's too easy. It never use to be that way days gone by.
With your topographic map in-hand, you're a whole lot better off than anyone
without one... even if you don't have electronic conveniences.
Before you go on your trip, rig an old rod & reel
with braided Dacron fishing line. Tie it off to a tree, walk it out, and
mark the length from the end in some scheme of different color permanent
marker. When your fishing, tie on a heavy weight, drop it over the side.
Since you marked the line in advance, you know how deep it is. Repeating
this in a controlled fashion, while repositioning your boat over a potential
point, or drop-off (found by examining your topographic map) can put you
onto the same structure someone else can find with an electronic depth
finder. In fact, you should also be able to tell if you're over rocks,
sand, or a muck bottom by the way your line hits the bottom and the signal
that contact telegraphs up the line. You may be better off than folks with
a depth finder.
E-mail Me your questions.