Guest Post by Trevor Wood
It has been a crazy spring in the Midwest. Atypical seasonal temperatures and a plethora of high water have forced anglers to dig deep into their log books and get creative. Despite the turbulent spring, my home walleye water, the Fox Chain of Lakes, has been producing some great bags with many fish north of 24” becoming quite common. With the spawn now over and water temperatures in the mid-60’s, fish are slowly beginning to transition off the breeding grounds and are quite active throughout the system. Whether you’re dragging rigs, pulling cranks or pitching jigs, areas of focus should be in and around the current areas, ledges, and wind-swept points.
The tricky spring conditions have forced me to get a bit more creative than I have been in the past. For anyone out there that likes to pitch jigs, one thing I can’t stress enough is to tinker with your jig head size/shape and ‘jigging’ cadence and be militant about it. I have found that the walleye at one spot only want a fast and small presentation while a couple hundred yards down the shoreline, the fish wanted it slow and heavy. Convince yourself of nothing and show them everything before you move along.
Spring 2018 is a great reminder to keep an accurate and detailed log book because of how strange it has been; it will happen again. As you look to find an edge on the fish (or a tournament trail), familiarity and comfortability with all conditions can make or break a trip, or a season for that matter.