Think Spring Walleye Fishing Fever!!

Fish'n Walleye catch
An example of a spring walleye on the Fox River from April 2018.

Spring walleye fishing, some of the best out there!

Hi all! Well it’s been a very long winter but the days are getting longer and temperatures are starting to creep upwards, so I know spring is coming. Before we know it we will be out on the open water putting some of those spring walleye monsters in the boat.

Over the long winter I purchased the new Lowrance HDS LIVE sonar unit for the boat. It is quite the upgrade both in imaging and display graphics. This new sonar unit has the new live imaging which will really be nice for locating and targeting fish on bottom or structure and out in the wide open flats. It will help us locate and catch fish faster. I can not wait to get this going and get on some of those huge spring walleye.

Painting lures and blades, as well as stringing some of my own crawler harnesses, is a fun way for me to stay busy in the winter. I am excited to try out some of the new color schemes I came up with. Getting equipment ready by spooling all of my reels with new line as well as doing general maintenance on them have been keeping me busy as well. This is all good but it is also getting me antsy to get back out on the water.

As we get ready for a new fishing season, hopefully soon, I will start off with the Fox River guiding. This is a truly fun and exciting trip, it is a trophy fishery. DNR rules are that you are only allowed to keep one walleye over 28 inches until the official opener of fishing on May 4th.  However, during this time period, while you are waiting for that trophy you can catch and release walleye until your arm is sore. Fishing on the Fox River is a great time to really learn and /or perfect your jigging techniques.  It is also a good time to learn your electronics and experiment with new lures or techniques.

As the Fox slows down Oconto gets hot.  We use several techniques there such as; jigging, rippin and even some trolling. Oconto is great because if you hit it right you catch the walleye staging in the harbor and shores during the pre-spawn. Then you can catch them coming back down after spawn and on the early post-spawn feed bag. This is also more of a trophy fishery; you are only allowed one fish over fifteen inches, but we can catch and release as many as we like.

After Oconto we will move all over as the bay clears of ice. Fishing post-spawn areas where the fish are recovering and putting on the feed. After the May 4th  general fishing opener the limit goes back up to 5 walleyes over fifteen inches. We will then break out the trolling gear and go into full trolling mode.  Then we can start putting fish in the box.  We still do some jigging when conditions are right for it.

For now we just have to wait for Mother Nature and keep dreaming of that trophy walleye mount for the wall.

We would like to thank you for your support! I am looking forward to getting everyone out to enjoy the fantastic fishery of Green Bay!

While you are waiting book your trips now while your dates are still open.  The best time slots are starting to book up already! 

Book now and let your fish’n tales begin with Fish’n Walleye Guide Service.

Captain Todd Tilkens