Trolling & Jigging for Spring Walleyes

Spring in Door County is upon us and with that being said, the Walleye bite is really starting to heat up with increasing the water temperatures. Big walleyes and great weather, you can't beat it! We have had a great start to our 2012 open water season with numerous Door County walleyes in the ten pound class. We have spent many nights pulling boards and stick baits in search of big 'eyes, which proved to be a great success the past weeks during pre-spawn. We will continue trolling at night into post spawn periods.

Night Bite-Trolling-caught by a customer on April 8 (11 pounds 8 ounces, Catch & Release)

The weather and water temperature has been variable for the most part. As spring works its way through, we will find steady water temperatures and consistency while targeting big walleyes. As the walleyes have reached the post spawn period, they are making a transition and are ready to feed, trolling stick baits in shallow water along shorelines and structure will be very effective during the day, as well as the evenings. Trolling these shorelines is a very good search tool. This will allow you to cover a lot of water to pinpoint fish. As soon as you pinpoint them you can change up your fishing style and start jigging. This technique has been a big enjoyment for many and proves to be very productive. Post spawn walleyes equal a feeding frenzy and understand that these big female walleyes are relating to the bottom at this time. Working close to or off the bottom will be very beneficial to the angler, and will put numerous fish in the boat at the end of the day.

Day Bite-Jigging-caught by a customer on April 7, Catch & Release

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