In June, a young man’s fancy turns to walleyes
I live in a place where it’s easier to catch whitefish than probably any other fish. That’s great for me, because I love to catch and eat whitefish. However, my wife’s favorites are walleye and perch, in that order.
Don’t get me wrong, I love walleye, too, but the rigs for catching whitefish are much simpler than they are for catching walleye, usually, and when it comes right down to it, I enjoy fishing the most when it’s simple.
I’m not opposed to getting more complicated. Recently, I took a trip to Lake Erie with friends where we trolled for walleyes in a charter boat that used huge planer boards to run 10 rods in 20 feet of water. We caught lots of walleye and lots of brownie points for a guy whose wife likes to eat walleye.
Fortunately, during this time of year, walleye fishing everywhere becomes simple, because they’re in shallower water and easy to find with jigs, slip-bobbers, nightcrawlers and minnows. It’s a productive way to fish, and it’s a lot of fun.
The thing I like the most about fishing with jigs is that you never know what you’re going to catch. Put a small enough jig on your line and just about anything will bite it, with or without bait. If the perch are stealing your minnows or worms, you can use a smaller jig and not only hook the perch, but the walleye and pike, too.
This year, the water has been warming up slowly, prolonging our walleye bite in the shallows. It prolonged other springtime pursuits, too, including mushroom picking and turkey hunting. That’s ok with me. The whitefish can wait.