It’s no secret that come spring, you’ll find sumo-size walleyes in the general vicinity of shallow spawning flats. This is one of the best times of the year to catch the trophy of a lifetime, because the pre-spawn fish are at their peak weight. However, because walleyes spawn in waves, you’re likely to encounter big fish in various stages of the process. Their position in the water column often dictates their willingness to eat, as well as how you need to approach them. Success often revolves around versatility, so here’s a breakdown of the two methods I lean on most often to crush high and low walleyes, including a foolproof guide to choosing the perfect lure based on conditions and the big girls’ overall mood.