Fall can be an extremely rewarding time of year to fish for walleyes, hailed by many as the best season to catch a true trophy. At the same time, fall can be tricky. Professional walleye angler Ross Robertson (Bigwaterfishing.com) often tells guide clients that targeting giant walleyes in the fall is like trophy deer hunting—a lot of preparation followed by long periods of waiting for the right fish to turn on. Robertson says you can work a school of fish for hours with minimal results, and then suddenly they’ll bite anything that moves for a while before shutting down again. It’s these short feeding windows anglers have to learn to anticipate and capitalize on.
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Pros like Robertson rely on a cadre of tips and tricks gleaned from decades on the water across that consistently puts them on 10-plus-pound walleyes. Robertson averages over 100 walleyes 10 pounds or heavier a season, and spends more than 150 days a year chasing ‘eyes. His area of expertise is big water fishing, and he’s honed his tactics on the Great Lakes. However, Robertson has fished for walleyes across America in every style of water. These questions, written and answered by Robertson, focus on the key elements, techniques, behaviors, and gear specs any serious fall walleye hunter should be familiar with no matter where they live. —Joe Cermele