Spring is considered one of the best times for walleye fishing. Walleye is known by many names including pickerel, yellow pike, colored pike, and walleyed pike, depending on the location. The fish can be found in the shallow waters of rivers and lakes. Although the early spring weather can change unpredictably and cause walleyed pikes to move a little, the weather changes have more of an effect on fishermen or fisherwomen.
One of the most common saying in the properties market is that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. This saying also applies to walleyed pike fishing in early spring. Although you can toss the line and hope that the fish will bite, you stand a greater chance of catching some walleyed pike if you locate them first. Walleyed pikes are attracted to shallow, rocky areas with water moving through them or nearby. Early spring is spawning time for walleyed pikes and the best place for them to spawn is in shallow waters. Other places where you are likely to find walleyed pikes are sunken rocky islands.
Choose the Right Tackle
Although spring is the best time for catching trophy walleyed pikes, you do not need to use heavy equipment to catch one. Lake and river waters are usually clearest during spring, especially early spring. Walleyes are timid fish, so do not make them wary by using equipment that is easy for them to see. Use a light line and jig that can maintain contact with the bottom.
Minnows are King
Walleyes are enticed by minnows during the early spring, therefore, consider using minnows as bait. Alternatively, use lures such as crank baits that resemble minnows. One of the advantages of using minnows is that they can be fished below a bobber.
Ditch the Boat
Many people choose to fish for walleyes from the shore during early spring. Since walleyes are usually found in shallow waters during spring, it provides anglers with an opportunity to use low-tech approaches to catching the walleyes.
Fish at Night
Since many people fish for walleyes in shallow waters during spring, the fish are usually under a lot of pressure during the season. This is the reason why some anglers choose to fish for walleyes at night. The fish are often under less pressure at night and may be more easily enticed to bite. Once you locate the walleyes, use a bobber and minnow to target them. If you have not located them, use a crank bait to fish. Troll the lure along the rocky shoreline and avoid making unnecessary noises.
Female pickerels – as walleye are frequently called in English speaking Canada – usually grow faster and larger than males. They can live for up to 26 years, but are considered fully-grown at one year. You can observe their spawning behavior while angling. Male pickerels usually discharge a white fluid during spring to fertilize eggs laid by female pickerels. Female pickerels are usually larger during spring because of the extra weight of eggs they are about to lay. Male pickerels weigh less and are usually slimmer than the females.
Fishing for pickerels is easiest in early spring. They are found in fresh waters in many countries around the world including the U.S., Japan, and Canada. Pickerels are resilient and can thrive in saltwater when necessary.
Spring provides the best opportunity for angling enthusiasts to fish for pickerels. Walleyed pike fishing involves locating the fish, using the right type of hook and line and knowing the best time to fish.