Night time or stained water is the great equalizer, returning an advantage to the shore angler seeking big walleye. The largest of walleye use extreme caution, and the darkness soothes their glowing eyes even in the night time shallows. Though they may be fearless, wariness keeps them living long and prosperous. Big walleye may move in and out from deep to shallow, taking advantage over every prey along the way. They move in and strike in an instant, the shallows thunder with there presence.
The shore angler may stalk them with confidence and persistent effort. Knowing the next cast may connect with a trophy fish. Efficiency is paramount making the most of each movement and cast. The hope is to have your lure fall in close proximity to the shallow leviathan. With proven bait, and other ingredients working together, the angler can work some magic. Making the lure to dance and sing out to a big girl. Causing her to chase it down and strike to the shore anglerís delight. As the lure is swum with precision, she responds with a terrific head shaking strike. She hits the lure with ferocity, before it escapes too shallow for her own comfort. Many times in knee deep waters! This leaves you breathless, excited, and ready yet to return again for another encounter with a big night time beauty.
Walleye are indeed a supreme night stalker and the true stalker of the night. With incredible vision in the darkest of depths, shallow forage are no match for there stealthy predation. To catch one of these wary leviathans, the shore angler must out stalk the Night Stalker. With Ninja like presence, avoid every careless movement that would be detected by supreme lateral line radar. Wading should be kept to a minimum, and head lamps never shined upon the water. Big walleye swim in many Colorado waters, providing anglers with a true opportunity of trophy proportions. Trophy hunting may only favor the shore angler a handful of times per year. Odds are increased by several factors influencing an aggressive bite.
In CO the future is bright with opportunity! The key is concentrating efforts around prime times and seasons. Making the most of each potential period, it might be a two hour window on a specific spot. Spring/Summer/Fall each provide the shore angler with potential for big fish and plenty of keepers too!
Keep in mind those big females are a very valuable resource! They produce another very valuable resource! Millions of collective eggs. Consider releasing the big fish (and those in the 3-6 lb. class) A replica is no doubt a better option!
I've enjoyed stalking walleye at night for some 30+ yrs. It's been both challenging and rewarding!
Catching walleye at night is as alluring now, as it was way back when!