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Trolling for Spring Walleye

Pulling in More Fish in Springtime

Spring brings the excitement of new life and warmer temperatures. Walleye and anglers are both ready to get to work. While the walleye know where they are going, many anglers can't say the same. Trolling in the spring for walleye is a great way to find the bite.

Trolling is great for spring because it can cover a much larger area. Spring is a busy time of year for walleye because they are moving in an out of the spawning beds. Trolling is a quick and easy way to find where the fish are holding out.

Adding a crankbait to your line is a great way to stir up walleye action. Many anglers shy away from trolling during the spring. It is understandable. Live bait is typically the best producer when the walleye are in water that is less than ten feet. When the fish just aren't biting, trolling with crankbaits may be the answer.

Spring trolling for walleye is much slower than the summer and fall months. Two miles per hour is the top speed that you can go. Speeds between 1 and 1 ? are good enough to cover the water without blowing past the fish.

Spring trolling with crankbaits does require a little more finesse. A drift control sock is a great way to help slow down your boat. Attaching the drift sock to the front cleat of your boat will slow down your speed significantly.

If you have a trolling motor on your bow, lower it into the water. This can drop your ground speed by .2 miles per hour. You can also angle into the wind or run parallel with the waves. Both of these maneuvers can bring speeds down.

If winds are severe, run the boat with the wind in order to control your speed better. This will also help prevent the planar boards from bogging down or snapping off. It may be necessary to toss out two drift socks if the wind is really strong.

The same jerks and surges on the bait that thrive in summer fail in spring. Pauses are okay, but the presentation needs to be slow enough for the walleye to catch. This is one of the few times when more line is a good thing.

Let the line bow in the water and make contact with the bottom. The extra line absorbs the energy from bigger waves. This in turn reduces major lure surges. A longer leader also can help reduce the action on your bait.

Walleye can be soft biters this time of year. You may want to go with a more sensitive leader line like Fireline. Fireline makes it easier to detect any hits whether they are just nips or full-blown swallows.

If you get a hit, try to set the hook gently. You may want to increase your speed a little in order to keep the fish hooked. Ideally the walleye should rise up behind the boat. If the fish runs below the motor it has a better chance of escaping.

Trolling for walleye in the spring requires a few changes in your normal style. It is a great time to land a quality-sized walleye. Keeping your and open mind and speeds low can be very rewarding in the end.

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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.

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