The post-spawn spring walleye lull before the big bite
If we hit the post-spawn lull, how’s an angler to catch fish? Well, we still can catch walleyes, but let’s evaluate all of our options.
First, male walleyes still remain somewhat active, while the females move to deeper water during post-spawn. Logical locations include points, turns, breaklines, and drop-offs adjacent to a spawning ground. Reefs and riprap can be good too. Even edges of flats and weeds are worth investigating, if we have any green weeds this May.
A couple rules of thumb: In clear water, fish will be deeper than in stained water. In dark water locations, search for weed growth, shallow points, and edges like a change in bottom content. Investigate fast-breaking shorelines that move into deep water. In the southern part of state, these are stocked walleyes, and they make a mock spawning run. Those lakes, by the way, should be prime angling water bodies this year.
As fish move into deeper locations, the bite picks up. When, after that resting period, the bite accelerates, success could depend on a number of factors. When water temps increase into that 55-degree range, that’s when we see a good bite. This year, it could be mid-June.
Mother Nature rules!
Whenever it starts, try some more aggressive tactics. If you have warmer water temperatures, step up the speed. In stable weather conditions, there’s nothing wrong with casting or trolling crankbaits or adding an extra leech or minnow. Give them what they want! Feed them some extra meat. A bigger bait doesn’t intimidate a hungry fish.
Straight up, when the late May, early June bite ramps up, it’s the best fishing of the year.