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Walleye in Benson?
Ive heard of people catching walleye in benson, and I was looking to give it a go. Only problem is that I have never fished for walleye in my life. If anyone could give me some tips it'd be appreciated!
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Re: [Stocks_Lures] Walleye in Benson? In reply to
Yes, there are walleyes in the river, sloughs and impoundments. And yes, anglers do occasionally catch one. But anybody who claims to be able to catch them on purpose...on every trip...will lie about other things too.

Most of the walleyes caught along that waterway are taken by anglers fishing for catfish, bass or crappies. Anglers specifically targeting walleyes usually catch only those other species. So I guess the best advice is to fish for the non-walleyes and hope you get unlucky and catch a walleye.

Seriously, walleyes are very efficient predators that do very well at keeping themselves fed on the small fish in their habitat naturally. They seldom get desperate enough to hit the silly stuff dragged by them by fishermen. In short, walleyes are among the more difficult fish to catch...period. When you combine that with a low population...such as in the waters you mention...the odds are reduced.

But don't let that stop you from trying. Take an assortment of spinners, jigs and crankbaits and keep working them in different spots...with different presentations. Sooner or later you just might score some tasty white fleshed fillets...with teeth.

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Re: [TubeDude] Walleye in Benson? In reply to
Good advice. Several years ago I wrote several articles about the How-to for a Forum in Washington, ones I wish I had kept a copy of, and all I can tell you is that there are ways to increase your odds, but the first several that you catch are going to be accidents.

For the most part, keep the presentation near bottom. But, even that rule can be broken at times with great success.
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Re: [Stocks_Lures] Walleye in Benson? In reply to
I have had better luck below Cutler damn in the current for Walleye in that stretch of the river. They are smaller below the damn but you can target likely holding spot a little better. You will also be kept busy with Smallmouth below the damn while trying to trick a Walleye. If you have a boat the area of Cutler closest to the damn is deep with structure. There are big Walleye and Cats in that area.
I have a friend who did net surveys with the State at Benson a few times and they got big Walleye each time, but as The Dude said, they are pretty hard to catch.

Assassin 3-2, Out.
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Re: [Stocks_Lures] Walleye in Benson? In reply to
Not sure about in Benson itself, but I have caught 2 very nice "take em home for dinner" Walleye up river from Benson actually on the upper Bear. And before TD says something crotchety, he's right. They were both caught by accident. I was targeting Cats or carp, and when I got them to the boat, I was quite surprised. Both times. I have gone back to that exact spot on the river a few more times, but have not been able to repeat the performance. Crazy
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I've caught quite a few walleyes from cutler and especially the bear river above it. Only twice did I intend or try to catch them.

The one common thread with all but two I've caught from that piece of water is that I was fishing in spots that I was able to catch bass and crappies from. What I mean by that is after fishing there for over 20 years I've discovered several spots that are pretty consistent for panfish and those are also the spots that have kicked out the most walleyes.

The spots I look for are a bit deeper and clearer than the main slough and honestly the river is best for that. Look for back current eddies and places where trees grow into or over the river and it helps if those eddies are VERY slow moving. If you try long enough you will find many spots like this and once you find those spots that kick a bass or panfish or two out then you will be on a good spot for the walleye. There are plenty of them in there, but the only way to up your odds is to find those spots that hold panfish and you'll eventually catch some walleye in the process. If you're lucky enough to find where some cement or rocks causes a riffle with a pool below then you will be on a high odds spot.

This is the only real advise I can give. The bear can be a productive, but very spotty piece of water and there will be no substitute for spending lots of hours exploring and having fun while doing it. I highly recommend taking a canoe or small boat up and down the river exploring and enjoying yourself and you will find some good spots that you can catch fish out of and the walleyes will just be a bonus.

Mike
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Re: [Stocks_Lures] Walleye in Benson? In reply to
Agree with all that has been said, Benson walleye are sparse and most likely caught on accident, but when you catch them quite often they are nice sized fish... If you want to catch walleye that you are targeting, go to Willard or Oneida... That's the only two spots I can catch eyes when I'm targeting them... and then many times I'll get skunked by them... I think bottom bouncing is the most effective walleye method I've found, but I'm not a good eye fisherman... I put some of your plastic crawdad lures to work at Oneida last Friday, they looked great!!! Most of the smallies were too small to swallow that lure, so I had lots of pop and drop hits, but it was sure fun to have good lures to tempt the fish with.. Thanks J
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I haven't caught a walleye out of the bear river or cutler even by accident and I fish it a good deal. They must not like my stink.
Rod P