Goldeye are fantastic fish to catch and will take practically any bait if presented correctly. Because they are smaller fish, you should normally scale down your tackle. Spinners, spoons, crankbaits, and jigs are all effective goldeye lures. If you don't see any signs of life at the end of your line, try shaking it up a bit. The more violently you shake the rod, the more likely it is that something small and alive will fall into view.
The best bait for goldeye is usually whatever bait is most readily available or works best in your situation. If there aren't any live baits around, frozen bloodworms are a good alternative. Of course, if you have salmon eggs or flour lying around from previous catches, they will also work well. Just make sure that they are fresh because stale bait is no use at all.
Try not to focus on what bait might work best but rather think about what options you have and then choose the one that seems like it would be easiest to get to en route to your next fishing spot. For example, if there are no living baits around but you see some rotten ones lying in the bottom of your boat, you should probably throw those instead. It's better to go without bait than to waste it by throwing it away before you need it.
The key to successful goldeye fishing is being able to read the water.
There are several methods for catching goldeye. They are aggressive fish that will take a minnow, spoon, worm, plug, spinner, and, of course, a fly. The true art of goldeye fishing is finding the proper depth at which to offer your bait. If done correctly, you should be able to walk right up to your catch without scaring them away.
As far as techniques go, there are three main methods: topwater fishing, where you use lures that rise out of the water when pulled or pushed by a boat motor; bottom-fishing, where you drop baits on the surface of the water and watch them fall to the bottom; and still fishing, where you sit quietly in a boat watching for signs of a bite from someone who knows what they're doing.
Goldeye are most commonly found in deep holes and clear lakes. The deeper the hole or lake body, the more likely it is to contain goldeye. Try to find places where there are many small holes or shallow areas within reach of the main body of water. This will help ensure a successful trip down under.
For walleye fisherman, the most common bait is minnows. I've had a lot of luck using shiners and flathead minnows. When pursuing larger fish, shiners in the 4-6 inch range are ideal "The range is the foundation. These can help you pick out some of the smaller fish and get you on 25 "plus walleye.
Other options include worms, leeches, crankbaits, plastic worms, and rubber ducks.
Bait selection is very important for successful fishing. If you use something that isn't attractive to walleye, you're not going to catch any bass. The same thing goes for your lures. They need to match the bait you choose so they attract attention from both fish and humans. That being said, here's a list of popular baits for walleye along with suggestions on how to select them:
Shiner minnows are by far the most popular bait for catching walleye. They're easy to find, cheap, and effective. Just be sure to buy the right size - if you use too small a minnow, then you won't be able to see it under the water. If you use one too large, then you'll waste energy trying to fight it through the water when you could be focusing on finding smaller prey.
After shiners, people tend to use what's known as a "mash" when fishing for walleye.