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Copper Trolling Wire for Walleye

Author Kenny Darwin with Saginaw Bay 'eye on Blood Run Copper.

Author Kenny Darwin with Saginaw Bay ‘eye on Blood Run Copper.

We have been fielding many calls recently regarding the introduction of our new 20lb Walleye Super Copper Trolling Wire.    Plenty of good questions and probably far too much information to cover in a single blog entry.   Here is an attempt to lay down some basics to this ultra-effective approach to catching both many and large walleyes.

First, copper trolling wire is designed to sink to depths based upon the weight of the wire itself while trolling.   Copper trolling wire can be pulled straight off the back of your boat, or deployed off to each side via planer boards.

You do NOT need to purchase new reels or special rods to fish Walleye Copper Trolling Wire.    The trolling wire itself is very soft and pliable, and slim designed to fit on standard Daiwa 47H, 47LC, Accudepth or any of the Okuma or Shimano series reels of that same size.   Many of our customers pull Walleye Copper Trolling Wire with Penn 209′s with great success.

The beauty of Walleye Copper Trolling Wire is that it is suitable for any style of walleye trolling, whether you are  a hi speed 2.5-2.9 SOG troller pulling small spoons for suspended fish OR a .5-1.5 slow troller pulling crawlers suspended or on the bottom.    It is as equally deadly for the super suspended walleyes off crankbaits fishing up to 60 feet down in the deeper depths of Lake Erie, Lake Huron and western reservoirs.

A simple way to rig up a reel that you already have is to purchase a 200 yard spool of Blood Run Copper Backing line, which is Hi-Vis fluorocarbon coated for multi season use.   Then grab a 100 yard spool of the 20lb test Walleye Super Copper and a leader spool of 20lb fluorocarbon.

You will probably have to give some thought as to the water depths and target trolling depths you will find yourself going after walleyes and then rig up the appropriate amount of copper line to achieve those depths at your preferred trolling speeds.

As a rule, the faster you troll the more “lift” in your copper you will have…which means shallower running depths.    This would require longer lengths of copper on your reel to achieve those desired depths.

If you are a “slow” troller, the copper will have a greater tendency to sink…meaning deeper running depths…with less copper line on the reel.

We will be publishing some more exact depth measurements based upon trolling speed by the middle of May which will help you get a good idea of what length copper setups you will rig up for your particular style of fishing.   As a rough estimate, at 2.3 GPS speed, Walleye Copper Trolling wire will sink approximately 10-12 feet for every 50 feet of copper.    These numbers can be greatly influenced by even small incremental changes in trolling speed, and are also effected by underwater and surface currents.

Common copper lengths for “mid – speed” trollers targeting walleye in Saginaw Bay for example are 30, 40, 50, 65 and 75 foot segments.    Often walleye are scattered throughout the water column, but different copper segments will take different classes of fish based upon where they are fishing.   A great trick out trolling the Slot in Saginaw Bay is to tie on a Reef Runner Rip Shad 400 size bait and drag the bottom of the Slot with a 65 or 75 copper.   Hawg Walleyes hang here all the time, and while you are pulling plenty of eater size ‘eyes up higher in the column on your shorter coppers, your long copper rod will always take the bigger fish with this setup.

The technique for spooling up a Walleye Copper setup is simple, and will be covered soon in a video segment.   But the object is to get your reel filled about 3/4 with the Hi Vis Copper Backer line, then tie a Blood Run Twist knot to your copper and wind on your desired length (50 feet for example) and then Blood Run Twist knot a 20 foot leader of 20lb fluorocarbon leader material.   An easy way to measure the copper if you are not using a line counter reel is to purchase a snap on line counter from Berkley. They are super accurate in telling you exactly how much copper you are winding on your reel.

We will have several follow up segments on finer tips of tuning your walleye trolling presentation utilizing copper, but without much more information than presented above you can be rigging up a couple of reels and hitting the water with one of the most productive open water presentation methods available.