Spring Walleye & Smallmouth Bass

Spring Walleye & Smallmouth Bass

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Spring Walleye & Smallmouth Bass

Walleyes move shallow to spawn right after ice out in northern Wisconsin and smallmouth bass aren't far behind. When walleyes are recovering from the spawn, they usually hang off of the first break along rocky/gravel shorelines, and you'll find some fat pre-spawn smallies mixed in with them. It's one of my favorite bites of the season, and I love not knowing what will be at the end of your line after every hook set. Suspending jerk baits and slow sinking plastics really shine at this time of year fishing them with a jerk, jerk, pause cadence. Strikes will always come on the pause, and you'll have to play with timing. If you're getting lots of bumps but no hook ups, lengthen the pause. Sometimes they just need to look at it awhile. A more aggressive approach is to throw lipless crank baits and rip them off the bottom after long casts into the shallows. Strikes can be violent, and it's a super fun way to fish fast taking advantage of the most aggressive fish.