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Springing on Early Spring Walleye

Tips to Get the Fish

Walleye and anglers are both eager to be on the move as winter cold fades into spring. Early walleye fishing can be a great chance to catch the trophy-sized walleye that hide out deep the rest of the year. If you are willing to brave the spring chill, you may catch a walleye that will warm your heart.

Spawning typically happens in early April and lasts until the end of May. Walleye tend to leave deep waters in search of spawning beds. If the option is available, they will head up rivers or tributaries.

Early spring is a great time to hit the rivers. Walleye will make their way to the spawning beds slowly. They typically move during the twilight hours and hold up in holes during the day.

Prior to the spawn, walleye can be eager biters. The best bait this time of year will be live bait. Minnows and night crawlers are the top producers. Walleye will also feed on larvae hatches. This can make small marabou jigs very productive.

Keep your presentation slow when you work holes. The best presentation is to cast up stream and let the current carry the bait back. This looks the most natural from the walleye's point of view.

Once the walleye are ready to spawn, the mood changes a bit. Males will congregate in the shallows and patrol the area. If you want numbers, then focus your efforts on the spawning beds.

A ? ounce jig in white, yellow, green or black twistertail is usually all that you will need. If the fish are slow on the bite, add some live bait to the tip. How you cast the jig will depend on your location.

Early spring walleye fishing is the ideal time for shoreline anglers since the fish are holding in such shallow waters. Cast just beyond the spawning beds and slowly retrieve your lure. An easy, steady pace works fine but a few pauses give the lure a more natural presentation.

If you want walleyes with size, you will need to focus your efforts on the area just beyond the beds. The females will hold up in deeper waters adjacent to the beds. They won't enter the shallows until they are ready to lay eggs.

You will need to keep your presentation slow if you hope to catch a big female. If the water is deep enough, try trolling the area where they are holding up. You may want to opt for a three-way swivel or bottom bouncer. In order to be successful, you need to keep the bait in the strike zone.

Jigging and casting for the ladies can also be successful. If you are boat bound, cast toward the shallows and bring the lure back to you. Make sure that you add pauses and dips in your retrieval. This can be done by lowering your tip to the water as you reel in the line. Adding speed variations really can peak the walleye's interest.

Walleye action starts early in the spring. If you can get to the spawning beds before the fish are all tuckered out, you may have a chance of snagging a beauty of a fish. Early spring walleye fishing can be sporadic and chilly but it can also be well worth the effort.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

Walleye Fishing Secrets Student Shares an Awesome Catch


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.

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