Fishing Tips: How to Find Late-Winter Walleyes

Walleyes make a late-winter/early spring spawning run out of lakes and into the tributaries. Depending on your geographical location, this … Continued

Walleyes make a late-winter/early spring spawning run out of lakes and into the tributaries. Depending on your geographical location, this typically occurs when the water reaches the 40-degree range. Understand not all fish will make the run, however, the ones that do are definitely worth targeting.

To catch them, concentrate on feeder streams, swift moving water, or dams. Focus just slightly downstream where water is calm, as fish congregate in mass. Bucktails or marabou jigs are go-to baits for these spring runners. Basic colors excel, with white, chartreuse, yellow and hot pink being best.

When choosing a jig weight, select one which allows you to keep the bait in the strike zone. This can only be accomplished by changing up sizes until you hit the right one. In most instances, this will range somewhere between 1/8- to 1/2-ounce (depending on the current or lack thereof). If jigs fail to produce, try a narrow-lipped diving plug cranked slowly. Add a weight out in front to keep it at depth if necessary.