Avoiding this problem-and consequently hooking more fish-is a two-step process, according to McClelland. Step one is to understand how a walleye eats. "Sometimes a walleye will slash a bait like a pike or a muskie does," he says. "But usually they'll swim up to it and flare their gills, inhaling their prey and the water surrounding it. If anything happens to interrupt that flow of water, you get a short strike, or nothing at all."