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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Fall Walleye patterns

Post By: Wacokid57      Posted: 9/10/2019 3:16:17 PM     Points: 11    
Just to clear the air, I am brand new to walleye fishing. So i have a lot to learn. As we head into fall, and the water cools at Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Jackson, etc., what can we expect in terms of where in a lake walleye will be hanging out. Do they go more shallow? Do they move to deeper water? Suspend over deeper water near structure? And, should I be casting more than trolling? Crankbaits? Swimbaits? Spoons? I have a 14 ft boat, outboard, and a fishfinder. I am not asking for specific spots, but more like general advice. I hope to fish all the way up to the end of November when they close the ramps. Any advice gratefully accepted. Thanks.

The Waco Kid
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 9/10/2019 3:46:25 PM     Points: 6130    
Honestly it sounds like you already have a good idea of where the walleye *could* be and *could* be biting on any given day. All of what you mentioned has worked for me during fall walleye fishing over the years.

So it's going to be about putting in the hours to develop confidence and follow walleye through changing conditions. I would say the real key is understanding walleye movements through fall. Walleye moreso than other fish species get very aggressive in is less about what you use and more about finding the fish.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 9/10/2019 5:00:09 PM     Points: 5573    
I am by no means a good walleye fisherman but I think it has a lot to do with finding the baitfish. The bait seems to push into shallows and rocky areas where the water is warmer but they aren't always where I look.

I have struggled to find them but love the hunt. I still have not come close to the trophy size I seek but it is fun trying.

Tight Lines!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 9/10/2019 5:13:08 PM     Points: 6546    
C.C. is in the middle of its yearly shad bloom and will fish tough till theres a good cold snap that kills off lots of shad . . .we fished Aurora on Sunday and found the eyes around channels,humps and ledges.We also found a ton of craws and baby perch. the trick is to find eyes that are not following a school of baby perch. We were catching large craws right in the eyes . .too big for the eyes to eat.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/10/2019 5:14:24 PM     Points: 50892    
I troll for just about everything all the time. I've found that a faster speed is better in the fall for walleye. I generally troll between .9 and 1.3 mph in the spring and summer. Fall time usually 1.5 to 3 mph depending on what I'm pulling and what the fish want. Good luck.
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 9/10/2019 5:29:45 PM     Points: 109    
Steep drop offs with a jig and minnow. A bit later in the fall fishing shallow around creek inlets after dark with jerks, Rapalas, etc. This stuff works in the Midwest, not sure about here tho.

 Reply by: Gwill      Posted: 9/11/2019 12:26:39 PM     Points: 3660    
I use mostly just Jigging Raps and Blade baits at Chatty in the fall. For blades I prefer the Bass Pro XPS Lazer Blades