The beauty of trolling Walleye Crawler Worm Harnesses is how many options you have to present them at the proper depth depending on your speed preference, which many times is dictated by time of the year and mood of the fish. Generically, you can fish worm harnesses from mid-April through early October, but there are plenty of anglers that start using them earlier and stick with them later. The general rule would be to fish them extremely slow early in the year, increase your speed as the water temperature warms, and then slow back down later in the year as water temperatures fall; however, worm harnesses can be fished effectively at a wide range of speeds throughout the year. The “normal” speed range for worm harnesses would be somewhere around 1.2 to 1.5 miles per hour, but speeds from 0.8 to 2.5 miles per hour are possible if you choose the right configuration.
There are two keys to effectively fishing your Walleye Crawler Worm Harness. The first is what diver or weight system you choose to take your harness to depth, and the second is what style of blade you put on the harnesses in front of your worm. The diver or weight system is critical, because at the end of the day you have to put the harness in front of the fish to get bit, and the style of blade is critical because different blade shapes function best at specific speeds.
Worm harnesses are extremely effective for catching numbers of walleye all over the Great Lakes region. Tie some harnesses, get some weights or divers, find a school of walleye, and starting spinning your way to your daily limit. Watching planer boards jerk back from a walleye inhaling a worm will take you back to the days of watching fish pull your bobber underwater while you were fishing with a hook and worm at your local creek or farm pond as a child.
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