Salmo Lures for Walleye – How to Fish Them

Salmo lures for walleye have been one of the top performing crankbaits for decades. Countless large walleye have been taken on lure like the Salmo Hornet.

Without a doubt the the Hornet from Salmo is their most popular crankbait. Walleye love it's action when trolled. ​

We'll take a look at the best way to fish them and some of the best Salmo Hornet Colors for that are tried and tested.​

Best Salmo Lures for Walleye

Salmo Hornet

The original Salmo Hornet is arguably their most popular crankbait and with good reason; it produces on the water!

 They are a real killer when trolled and you generally do not need that many different colors especially if you fish the same lakes on a regular basis.

Salmo Rattlin' Hornet

How to make the original Hornet even better ?

Add a built in rattle to the body of the lure. Hard-bodied lures with rattles have been proven time and time again. The inbuilt sound acts as an added attraction, especially in low light scenario's or in darker waters.

What Size Salmo Hornet for Walleye

The most popular sizes of Salmo Hornet to use when fishing for walleye are the size 3 or size 4.

You can of course move up to the larger size 5, but for some reason walleye prefer the somewhat smaller sizes. 

Best Salmo Hornet Colors for Walleye

The color that you choose can have a massive impact on how well you fish. However I'm still convinced that trolling depth is the most important thing to get right.

The most popular choices would be:

  • ​Viking 
  • Gold Florescent Perch
  • Variety of Sade colors
  • Hollywood

How to Fish Salmo Hornet for Walleye

Hornets are probably bet trolled from a boat however you can use then to cast near dams and rocky beds or near drop offs in the depth of the bottom on a lake.

When trolling you generally need to troll along some kind of structure. That structure can take the form of a dam wall, weed beds, rocky shallows or a drop off in the bottom.

In summer months trolling along long contour lines of the bottom deep down is highly productive as ​walleye will tend to favor a specific depth.

You can control the depth with a couple of different methods:

  • Lead core line​
  • Three way sinker rig
  • Downrigger

This depth is usually determined by water temperature. How the depth and temperature relate to each other like a lot of other variables will change from venue to venue. The best approach is to experiment at a different depths through the day and record the water temperature if you find fish at a certain depth.​

Speed wise you should be looking to maintain a speed of roughly 2 miles per hour. This can of course vary depending on the depth that you are trolling at.​

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