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 in the Midwest this May of 2013.
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.
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 in the Midwest, 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.
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