March 8, 2013Spring walleye fishing can offer some of the years best fishing, and some
of the worst. Warming weather is usually the indicator in this department.
If the temperature rises just a degree or two, and stays relatively
constant, the bite can really turn on. If the mercury goes south so often
does the bite.
During the pre-spawn period walleye`s are usually found in deeper water,
fifteen to twenty feet down just off their spawning beds. As the spawn gets
underway the opposite is true and most fish will be caught in the two to
six foot ranges.
Catching walleye, particularly big females, during this time can also be
tricky. Often the smaller, more aggressive males are the first so strike a
passing jig or live bait rig. Once the spawn is in full swing the females
stop feeding and any fish caught during this period are all males. Once the
females have finished spawning they begin their journey to their summer
holding spots. Big females can be caught at this time as they gorge
themselves trying to replenish energy used during the spawn.
Catching walleyes in the spring can require a wide range of tactics.
Jigging and rigging are probably the most popular, but don`t count out slip
bobbers or crankbaits. The only way to know what works is to experiment.
I`ve always done what I do best and work my way through the different
techniques until I start catching fish.