Fishing walleye on the Hudson and Mohawk river system in New York can be accomplished from shore. Not to long ago a subscriber emailed me (Frank Zima) and was really excited about catching these bug eyes while trying to catch stripers. This one evening started with a normal striper fishing trip turned out to be a productive walleye fishing trip on the Mohawk and spilled over to the Hudson river system.
Keep in mind he never used a aluminum fishing boat, stayed away from the Lund and was basically walleye hunting from the banks of these two rivers. Not sure of his fishing rod but once he reads this I am sure he will let us know. Casting from the banks will be productive as long as you stay on the bottom but once the darkness hits you don’t need to be on the bottom as much. We will troll sassy shads behind our boat with 3/8 ounce jigheads with great success at Lake Roosevelt.
The following is an part of the email Frank sent me along with the many pictures you will see on this page. Keep in mind these walleye photo’s were taken off the banks of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers with a cell phone.
Suggestions for Fishing Walleye on the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers
The Mohawk and Hudson Rivers are big waterways (with locks and dams on them) so it’s not like I’d be “spot burning”. My techniques are pretty basic…rubber or bucktail jigs, sometimes with a 3″ Berkley Powerbait (pink or white) minnow on the bucktail…3-5″ swimming plugs…mostly Rebels floaters and Rapala Husky Jerks. One evening another guy and I were fishing below a dam in mid November for some late season, winter-over stripers…no stripers, but we got a half dozen walleye. Mine were on jigs, his on a sinking Rebel minnow. My presentation was slow and near bottom, his deep and fast. I was surprised his fish were that active in the cold and fast water.
All the fish were taken downstream of turbines on the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers (NY) and in shallow water (from shore). The recent fish were taken on a lipless crank bait (blue/silver) and on a pink, 4″, Sluggo on a 3/8oz. jighead .
The lipless crank fish was taken about 3 weeks ago in water that was in the low 40s…late afternoon. The others were taken at dusk or dark in 50 degree water. The ones pictured are small…maybe 14″. I had a fatone of about 18″, but she was camera shy…became unhooked as I was reaching for my camera phone. Hope you are well and good fishing!
Night Fishing For Walleye On The Hudson and Mohawk Rivers
Frank likes to fish for these walleye near dusk and into the evening. Night fishing for walleye has been really big on rivers, lakes and ponds for one very good reason, it works. I love fishing for walleye at night especially for Columbia river walleye, but if you are fishing below river you need to be very careful with currents, wind and especially the barges. Those big guys can really screw you up in a hurry even if they don’t run you over. The wake they can leave behind them is enormous and will swamp a boat in a hurry. Nevertheless night fishing walleye is a freshwater fishing endeavor that will get into your blood. The walleye fishing rigs will change when you go night fishing and it becomes mainly a plug type of fishery. As you can see on the Hudson and Mohawk rivers that is not the case but out on the Columbia we are pulling plugs because we are in boats.
The best walleye fishing tips I can give you is