It’s happening! After almost yet another week of really crappy weather, this past weekend really shaped up nicely. We finally got out last Friday and the Walleye fishing has been excellent! I was very surprised to see all the spawning females rolling on the surface in full-fledged spawning rituals. There were plenty of active males eager to smack blade baits or jig and minnow rigs either casting or vertical jigging. Water temps are still below 40 degrees but a lot of the fish that we caught were spewing their eggs very loosely and the males were all milking heavily as we handled them.
Many of the southern most reefs seem to be the best producers such as Locust, Turtle or Toussaint. Water depths of 7 to 13 foot worked best for us. Saturday we took a boat limit of 24 Walleyes easily with all the fish coming from about 11 foot. The beach areas west of Davis Besse power plant have been producing a few fish although the water has been quite a bit muddier closer to shore. It didn’t sound like the trollers were doing anything yet. This should change this week with the predicted much warmer temperatures.
All the pro fishermen from around the country are in town for this weeks’ season opener of the professional Walleye tour. These guys are mostly dedicated trollers and it will be interesting if they can match last years record setting catches. With the late ice and colder water temperatures, I predict they will have a much harder time. I should have some results next week.
For anyone interested, we still have a sprinkling of open dates available for the next few weeks.