I have only caught 1 walleye before, and to this day, I wonder if it really was a walleye... I caught it in McComb, Missipi, surprisingly right from shore! The second week of August 1999, I went up to the Bay Of Quinte. Quinte, is known as the number 1 walleye capital of th world. Still, most walleyes only "chill out" in Quinte in Spring and fall. Most walleyes over 5 years will migrate to Lake Ontario. Catching walleyes in Quinte is both very specific and expensive. Though my father and I didn't catch any walleyes, we were happy to catch largemouth, white perch and yellow perch.
In my experience, walleyes do not generally jump when fighting, rather, most of them stay down low whereas a smallmouth will jump.
On the Fish'n Canada show, Rene Viola often uses a powerbait power grub against walleyes. This is indeed a good lure for eyes. Chartreuse, yellow and various other yellowish colors are good for these fish. One trick you can use is that if pike are present, it probably means 'eyes are too. So, if there's pike, there's eyes.
Recommended Walleye lures :
Now, here are some recommended lures recommended by Henry Wasczuk and Italo Labignan.
The Fish'n Canada Show recommends :
When using powerbait, use it in a river arm or a creek. You won't fail!
The Hunting & Fishing library recommends :
My tips are the following :
As I said, the mepps syclops spoon caught me a walleye, but probably by accident, judging by the way he was hooked. It appears that in the great lakes systems (lake simcoe, huron, michigan, Quinte) zebra mussels are very apparent. Many believe that the fishing is better, others, however must disagree. Some years ago, before the mussels invaded Quinte, the walleyes were much easier to catch. Today, they are tougher but theyare still there. Listen to local bait shop owners, buy what they may suggest. Patterns have changed!