Using Crawler Harnesses to Catch Walleye

Crawler harnesses are not the basic worm on a hook. These rigs are a little more detailed and designed for catching a different type of walleye. Harnesses work best on reaching deep dwelling walleye.

These fish are typically suspended and aren’t actively hunting. Therefore, they can often be hard to incite. Crawler harnesses tend to get walleye biting because the presentation makes the bait appealing and hard to resist. Walleye are suckers for real-deal meals.

Worm harnesses can be paired up with a multitude of riggings and presentation. Bottom bouncers pair really well with a crawler harness when the walleye are suspended near the bottom. A bottom bouncer gives movement and motion that can stir a walleye to action.

To use a bottom bouncer and crawler harness combination, the angler needs to determine the actual depth to the bottom. This can be done with the aid of a depth finder or lowering the rig until it makes contact. When the sinker on the bottom bouncer makes contact with the floor, the line should slacken slightly.

Once the angler knows where the bottom is, they need to create a bobbing action with their rod. This needs to be done no matter what presentation is being used. This will give the crawler harness the appearance of a meal going somewhere. The key is to let the crawler harness move but it should not be dragged across the bottom.

Crawler harnesses are most popular when trolling deep waters. The harness can be paired with a 3-way swivel. To use this presentation, the angler needs to determine what depth the walleye are suspending at. This can be done with a fish finder or by trial and error.

The fish finder is the easiest choice but it may not always be accurate. If an angler wants to go for the trial and error method, they should bring along some lead-core line. This line changes color, usually every five feet. This makes is very easy to track where the fish actually are.

A 3-way swivel paired with a crawler harness accomplishes several things. A properly set 3-way places the bait just above the walleye. Walleye like to attack food that is just above their sight line. The swivel on this rig lets the harness move as naturally as possible.

Whether you are trolling, casting or even jigging with a crawler harness, proper speed is essential to success. The rig needs to be moving fast enough to be appealing to the lazy walleye. If it is going too fast, the walleye will most likely consider it a waste of effort.

There are many lures that can be successful with walleye when the fish are in the mood. Deep, suspended walleye are harder to appease. A well placed crawler harness can really get the walleye hooked on the worm you are offering.