Chasing trophy spring walleye
The post-spawn walleye chase is on! Now is the time many anglers are hitting the open water with dying anticipation for spring walleye fishing. Here are a few things to remember when out on the water.
Make sure to go heavier with your jigs than you were in the winter during ice fishing. As spring arrives, water levels are rising and will continue to do so. This is going to force walleye to head to deeper waters.
A lot of boat anglers will be chomping at the bit and end up trolling at a speed that is not conducive to catching walleye. You want to try and start with your speed around 1 mph until you can speed up or slow down to your ideal speed.
Another thing to remember is the water clarity during spring runoff. The water can be filled with particulates making it cloudy and visibility very low. That said, use lures that will help walleye hone in on your location. The louder the rattle the better, but if you are not getting bites, try switching up the lure that produces a slightly different sound to entice the bite. In addition to sound, smelly baits are another way to help attract walleye to you in murky waters during the spring. You can either use plastics or lures that are 'impregnated' with scent or you can add your own scent to baits and lures as well.