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Outdoor Bass Tactics for High Water Spring Walleyes by Gary Engberg

Outdoor Bass Tactics for High Water Spring Walleyes It's the first week of April, that magic time of the year for the fishermen who've been waiting all winter to catch those wonderful walleyes. You've watched all the fishing shows this past winter. You've read all the magazines and seen all the videos of your favorite fish. You've also gone to numerous outdoor shows and seminars learning all you can about your number one sought after species, the walleye. Now finally, it's time to put everything you've learned to use. It's spring on the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers in the Midwest. The mild winter has caused northern snows to melt early. But, spring rains have dumped copious amounts of rain. It's time for spring walleye fishing on the rivers, but in the wink of an eye water levels have risen dramatically causing the river to overflow it's banks and flood backwaters everywhere. Most rivers main channels are roaring with dam gates open up and down the Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Fox Rivers, making the normally placid rivers a fisherman's nightmare. What does a person do to catch walleyes during this difficult period? First, remember that water temperature is in the low to mid forties (40's),and nights have been moderate, with low temperatures still in the 40's and 50's. The rain that has fallen is warm. But most importantly, the dam gates have been opened allowing fresh water (i.e. baitfish, bugs, and other organisms) into a river system that has been stagnate for months. The fresh water flow has rejuvenated the whole river system. But, where do these ready-to-spawn walleyes go during this sudden period of high water? Walleyes will move into shallow flooded timber and brush during these periods. Instead of thinking like a normal walleye angler does, this time of year; using light jigs, minnows, light line, and plain hook rigs or three-way variations. I take a page from the bass fisherman and switch to one, a heavier jig, a 1/4 to 3/8 oz., instead of the normal 1/16 or 1/8 oz. jig. Two, I swim my jig fast enough to just ' tic " the bottom occasionally. Dragging a jig would result in constant snags and breakoffs. Hense, this is why you have to reel fast enough to prevent constantly getting caught and hung up.

Slo Poke Jig by Bait Rigs I've found that a jig made by Bait Rigs called the Slo-Poke works best in these conditions. I've used and lost plenty of jigs, but the design and shape of the Slo Poke makes it shine under these tough conditions.The third change I make is that I switch from live bait (minnows ) to scented plastic twister or grub tails which stay on your jig better than live bait and seem to attract fish better in shallow water, with their flash and vibration.

I've experimented here too, and the plastic tails made by Kalin's are superior. They make both a 3 inch and 5 inch tail in many fish catching colors. Occasionally,, I lift the jig and let it fall. The hits usually come on the fall. The most important thing I do is switch from 6 lb. Stren Magnathin to the 10 ib. Stren Easy Cast in coffee color. The coffee color blends beautifully with the stained water. The 10 ib. test Easy Cast allows you to pull out most of your snags. If I used 6 ib. line, I would constantly be re-tying and losing jigs. You are going to lose some jigs and break off on the odd stump, but most of the time you will be able to fish and catch fish under these adverse conditions. I don't think jig color or tail color makes that much difference because it's the flash and vibration coupled with getting in their face that makes them hit. But, I constantly change jig and tail color, just incase one of the two give a different profile. Try this till you find something that works. The walleyes are in the shallows now to get out of the strong river current, to eat since the baitfish have moved into the brush and wood cover, and finally they're looking for a place to drop their eggs. So remember this spring, when confronted with high water conditions, go shallow, right up into the wood, brush, and trees; go to a heavier line (preferably 10lb. test ); and use plastic twister tails until the fish tell you the profile and size they want. You can anchor outside these wooded areas, or use a push pole to get back into the little pockets and openings. I guarantee the walleyes will be there, now you have the technique to get at them.


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