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How to Locate Walleye Fishing Structure without Electronics

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I am planning a trip to the UP of Michigan over Memorial Weekend. South Manistique Lake if it matters.  

  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.

Answer:

  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.

 

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Document updated
Tuesday, 26-Nov-2013 19:17:42 EST


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