During the spring, walleye typically stay in their shallow spawning beds. Successful anglers cast long and reel slowly to catch spring walleye. These tips will help you catch your next trophy spring walleye.
Tip 1: Cast in Shallow Areas
Although walleye are typically bottom-dwellers, they tend to stay in shallow patches during the spring. Walleye choose shallow gravel or sand covered flats as their spring spawning grounds. These shallow areas tend to warm quickly in the spring and are a perfect spot to catch trophy walleye.
Also in the spring, try fishing in shallows just past where you can see the bottom.
Tip 2: Use a Monofilament Line
Monofilament line is great for Spring fishing when water tends to be cool and clear. This line is quickly camouflaged in the water.
Monofilament line is also smooth and subtle. Its stretch allows for a fluid, swimming-motion of your jig. Especially in the spring, walleye are attracted by a softer glide.
Just remember that slow and steady is the best technique for hooking your spring walleye trophy.
3. Slowly Glide the Jig
As mentioned earlier, slow and steady fishing is the key to catching a spring walleye. Make a long cast along the shallow walleye spawning flats. At this point, swim the jig.
Rather than scraping the bottom, try to glide just above it. Especially in the shallows, you will find a lot of spring walleye just above the gravel bottoms.
And remember, walleye are schooling fish. If you catch one, keep casting in that area.
4. For Long Casting, Consider Soft Plastic or Classic Hair Jigs
Live bait is a popular option for walleye anglers, but these often tear with long castings.
Instead, consider soft plastic or bucktail jigs. Scented soft plastic jigs are very effective in the cold Spring water. Classic hair dressings offer a smooth glide that attracts walleye during this season.
Keep in mind that you want to keep your reel slow and steady. To hook your trophy walleye, remember less is more. So try to glide your jig along a slow, straight path that mimics a swimming minnow.
5. Consider a Flicker Minnow for Tight Spots
Natural barriers tend to trap walleye in the spring. To catch a walleye in a channel edge or weed bed, cast with a flicker minnow. The fleeing-fish motion of a flicker minnow is perfect for the slow-moving spring walleye. Remember to use a slow retrieve during your spring fishing.
Spring walleye tend to stay in shallow, gravel-covered spawning beds. Cast long and reel slowly to hook a trophy spring walleye.
I hope these tips help you successfully catch your next spring walleye.
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