This weeks Tip Of The Week is about Post Spawning walleye.
Well its almost time. I’ve been checking some areas of the Bay and I can tell you the walleye have been in full spawn.
Many anglers believe that after walleye spawn that the walleye are so tired that all they want to do is rest. This idea is false. The thing is walleye have just finished one of the most difficult activities that they have to do all year, so as soon as they come out of the rivers they go and seek out shallow flats where there are plenty of bait fish and feast. Even though the females seem to have an agenda to get back to the big waters immediately after spawning, the Males will spend the next 2 weeks hanging around the spawning area’s before they start their journey back to the big water them selves. How shallow you ask 7-10 feet and less.
I have found post spawn walleye in 2 and 3 feet areas, and in some cases they are so shallow that their dorsal fin breaks water. Most anglers aren’t willing to go in these area’s and for good reason, remember your fish finder is generally 1 to 2 feet below the surface and as you troll these shallow areas your prop will be skimming over the top of the fish and stirring up the bottom. This means your fish finder generally will not be able to pick up any sign of fish activity, this does not mean the fish are not there they are just moving out of the way of your boat. That is why especially in the shallows it is a good idea to troll with those planner boards getting your line away from the boat where these walleye will be going as they try to get out of the way of your motor.
Remember Slow presentation is key in the spring, and match the hatch, I hope these tips have helped over the past few weeks and good luck in the Kewanis Walleye Derby this coming weekend if you are participating.