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Spring Walleye Fishing in Big Rivers

Working Rivers for Walleye

Hi, Andrew Martinsen here. Spring brings on a lot of activity around the globe. Flowers begin to bloom, birds begin to sing and the angler stirs to get ready for another fishing season. Walleye are also on the move.

Big rivers are prime spots for walleyes in the spring. If you know how to read the river you can find the fish. With walleye you have to know where they are in order to catch them.

A river is filled with holes, riffles and runs. The size of the river will determine the number and size of each. Each spot needs a different technique to pull out a big river walleye.

Holes are formed by the current as it digs out the softer bed material on its way. Walleye like to rest in these areas because they are cooler and provide cover. Trolling works great through holes.

You need to keep the bait going upstream. Don't be idle when trolling; add speed variety and movement in order to optimize presentation. A spinner rigged minnow really works well for trolling through holes. This rig strings together a three foot length of monofilament, a spinner blade with beads on either side of the lure and a hook tipped with a minnow.

For the best results, keep your bait a foot above the bed. Depth and current will affect where the rig sits. You may need to add weights in order to put it in the right location.

A three-way rig can also be successful in fishing holes. Use a "yo-yo" motion when fishing; lift and lower your rod with a slight hesitation between motions. The bait should touch the bottom.

Since walleye have other things on their mind this time of year their bite is very light. Use the lightest line that you can and pair it with a sensitive rod. Graphite rods are particularly good at showing action. Keep all slack out of the line and set the hook as soon as you feel any activity.

Another prime area for big river walleye is in riffles. These are made when the water flows over a hard substance like gravel, rocks or even clay. The speed of the water makes these favorite feeding and spawning spots for walleye.

Since riffles depths are normally shallow, trolling does not work very well. Wading or shoreline fishing is the best option for these spots. Cast up and across stream, allowing your line to drift as natural as possible downstream. You will need to make adjustments to keep your line taunt; otherwise you will not be able to set the hook well.

Slip-bobbers are a great tool to fish riffles with. They can be made out of wood or foam. Adding a night crawler to the rig will make it even more tempting to a walleye. The rig is fairly easy to build.

Slide a bead onto the line and follow with the bobber of choice. A number 4 or 6 short shank hook will hold the night crawler. Add enough weight to almost sink the floater. A stop indicator above the bead will help to manage depth. You can buy one or just use a piece of crochet thread.

Lead heads and leeches also work well in riffles; especially when allowed to fall into the holes downstream. This rig will work no matter if you drift or retrieve after casting.

Spring can be a great time to head to the big rivers and look for walleye. They are on the prowl for food and love so you should be able to find them. Even if you can't tempt a walleye to bite, at least you'll get some fresh air to ready you for the season.

Great fishin to you!

Andrew Martinsen

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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Here's a 25 inch walleye caught at Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The picture is a great memento for me.

I caught it drifting. We caught it amongst some smaller ones that ended up on the dinner table.

Your advice was helpful in making my trip successful. Thank you!"

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