I know a lot of out there do not consider fishing for jack salmon, dore, pike-perch. Better known as Walleye but that is because the Walleye is not really a know fish by most. It is a very difficult fish to catch unless you know about it as most know about bass. So here I am going to see if I can give you some incite on a relatively easy fish to catch once you know where and when the best time to go on the hunt.
First, Walleye are not blind though their eyes makes one to believe they are but their eyes are opaque so that they can see in low light which gives them advantage over their pray in low light, dark nights and cloudy days as well as windy days. They shirk away from bright light and are more active at night. Now that does not mean that you can’t caught them during the day. You just need to use the weather to your advantage. Cloudy, windy and low light day or evening and of coarse at night. The wind will diffuse the light rays and make Walleye more active during the day.
Walleyes do not like dense vegetation, muddy bottoms or lose sand. So what do they like, open bottom with rocks, gravel or firm sand as long as they are not in spawn and love current. When the Walleye spawn the males enter spawning area first followed by the female and are found schooling. The female swim over the spawning area dropping the eggs and the males impregnating the eggs and the eggs drop to the bottom to settle where they may and both the male and female leave the eggs unprotected. This is a good time to catch Walleyes as they are in schools and they are hungry. The spawn begins when the water warms to 45 to 50 degress. If you find a current you will most likely find Walleye.
You can use live minnows or artificial bait, artificial bait that is fluorescent or bright in color is best, or a combinations of both. Just remember that Walleye are bottom feeders so you must get down to the bottom or close to it to get them.
I hope that you give Walleyes a try this spring.
Happy fishing and be save,
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