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Spring Walleyes, Now’s the Time! By Gary Engberg For area anglers who enjoy jigging the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers in the spring for walleyes, now’s the time to break out the fishing gear. As of this writing, smaller male walleyes and a few large pre-spawn females are being caught in many of the state’s rivers. Male walleyes will show up first below the state’s dams and provide the early action weeks before the larger and egg-laden females arrive for their spring ritual of spawning. But now, the males are much easier to catch and fairly aggressive considering that they’re just coming out of the doldrums of a winter that set records for snow and cold in the Badger state. Spring fishing for river walleyes is a Wisconsin tradition that has been cherished for decades. As soon as water temperatures nudge toward 40 degrees, anglers begin to flock to the rivers of southern and central Wisconsin hoping to catch a few “keepers” or a trophy of 10 pounds or more. Wisconsin is blessed with abundance of medium size rivers that hold walleyes and their close cousin, the sauger, who have migrated up the numerous rivers in late fall and throughout the winter. Anglers are now trying to find the holding and staging areas where the fish congregate and then intercept the fish before and after they spawn. The walleyes migration is completed in late March and into April when they come to impassable structures, which on Wisconsin’s rivers are dams. Some walleyes will stay and spawn stay within a mile of the dams, but many filter back downriver to locations that they find suitable for spawning. The female walleye will then search for the proper structure and bottom content for laying her eggs while waiting for the water to warm. What female walleyes are looking for is water with a temperature in the low to mid 40’s with a hard bottom that is covered with pea and marble size rock and gravel. But, in some rivers like the Wolf River in central Wisconsin, walleyes will spawn in marshes if hard bottom areas aren’t available. A slight current flowing over the eggs is then needed no matter where the fish spawn to oxyBut remember, all walleyes do not spawn at or near the dams. As an example, the Prairie du