Walleye fishing is at its best in the spring. Fishing in the evening as it get dark, when the fish come into the shallows to feed is a good technique to catch the big ones. They may stay as shallow as 7' - 8' feet in the spring, and are usually quite aggressive after the spawn. Walleyes in the 8 - 10lb range are not uncommon this time of year! They will stay deep in the hot summer months, 20' - 30' feet, and can be a challenge. Catching your limit of the smaller fish is never a problem, any time of year! Fishing in the early morning or evening are the best fishing hours for walleye.
Most anglers have the best luck using live bait. Bait such as minnows and worms provide the best action. Add them to your favorite jig or spinner.Most use a 1/8oz or 3/8 oz jig. The most popular color for jigs includes yellow, bright green, chartreuse, white and black. Combination color jigs of these works well to.
Trolling is a good method for finding the fish, but once found, plan on dropping the anchor and do some stationary jigging & casting.
Yellow perch are one of the major food sources for walleye and northern pike and are often caught when jig fishing for walleye. often guests come across large schools and can easily catch enough perch for a fish fry. The best methods to catch them is to anchor or slowly drift along the edges of weed beds, While vertical jigging or bobber fishing with a small piece of worm or minnow attached to a light jig. Adult perch do most of their feeding on or near the bottom. Great fishing for our young beginners!
Whitefish are a really fun fish to catch and they taste great. Usually, whitefish are caught in the early spring or in the fall when they migrate to areas with current such as rivers or narrow flows in the lake system. The best way to catch these guys is with 4lb test line and tiny hooks supported by grub, a little ball of Berkley dough or the best bait, wax worms. Have a small float and let the bait float down stream and over the deeper pools that are behind the gravel spawning beds.
They have very small and tender mouths which is why most people will catch them while walleye fishing with small hooks. Generally whitefish will stay shallow all winter. in the spring they feed on walleye eggs and do not go deep until after they gorge themselves on the spring May fly hatch.