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For those of us in Minnesota and Wisconsin, our walleye fishing season begins during the cover of night. Traditionally, there are thousands of anglers anxiously waiting for the first moment after midnight to get their season under way. Many anglers are heading out on the water for one reason - it’s a tradition, right? It is the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on bragging rights for the rest of the year. Yet very few anglers enjoy success on that first night of the season. Some lakes have night fishing restrictions that go into effect two days after the season opens, making the first night of the season valuable. Walleyes often feed voraciously at night, especially early in the season, which is the primary reason for the restrictions. Night fishing is an unfamiliar world to some, which can make it threatening and unproductive. But with proper equipment and background knowledge, night fishing adds a fascinating new dimension to fishing, especially when it comes to those first moments of the season. Location The walleye opener in most north-central states occurs in May, and depending on the severity of the winter, the majority of fish are within a How to Be Right on Opening Night By Bart Rosen Author Bart Rosen with what he considers a normal early season nighttime walleye

week or two of spawning. As many of you know, walleyes spawn in specific areas. Walleyes are native to current; if there is current present, they will seek it out and use it for spawning purposes. Tributaries such as creeks or rivers that feed into a lake are prime areas where walleyes will migrate to spawn. If these features are not available, the walleyes will relate to other structures. Rocky or gravel-laden shorelines are the preferred areas. Typically the walleyes will choose shorelines are located on the northern or west side of the lake, which have the longest exposure to the sun throughout the course of the day. This allows the water in these areas to warm up faster. Walleyes tend to hang around these areas for three to six weeks after the spawn. The duration is usually determined by water temperature. Look for any structure immediately outside of these areas such as drop offs and weed beds. Evidently, spawning is an exhausting process (wink, wink!). As walleyes begin coming out of their spawning areas, they stop on these structures looking for food. Fishermen can capitalize on a great opportunity while fish are concentrated in these areas. Structure and Approach One great place to start looking for spring walleyes is the edge of a specific structure. These edges form breaks, which act like barriers to hold feeding fish before they move on. These are physical boundaries between shallow foodproducing areas and the deep water areas of the lake. Here, schools of active walleyes meet concentrations of food and often this is a prime fishing area. By fishing the edges of weeds, drop-offs and other structure like rocks, you will increase your chances of finding a funnel point where fish concentrate. These spots vary, but are based on factors including water temperature, availability of bait fish, oxygen, light level, structure and schooling tendencies. Weeds are often the most overlooked starting point to a season. When the walleyes leave their spawning areas, they follow along the shorelines until they find the appropriate cover that suits them. What is meant by appropriate? The answer is specific structures that offer ambush points and high amounts of forage. Weed lines offer both; they are great sources of food. They offer young of the year perch, panfish and plenty of phytoplankton that the various species of minnows feed on. Fish sit on the edge of the weed lines and ambush prey as it passes. When most of us think of the weed edge, we automatically think of the vertical edge. Do not overlook the horizontal edge. At this time of year, new growth is just beginning to emerge from last year’s old knocked down weeds. This allows more water between the top edge of the weeds and the surface. More walleyes and bait fish will use this space early in the year. This is an advantage to the fisherman because this area can be fished using techniques that will not work later in the year. Success rests with proper presentation. Once you have located the edge and the fish, the next step is to entice them to bite. Your bait presentation will depend upon the specific edge that you have selected. Trolling is the tech- The walleye you seek are not unlike any other predator you seek. They feed when it is safest. In the case of the walleye they can do so very well at night when other predators are at rest. They are truly nocturnal... Bart Rosen guides both muskie and walleye throughout the more defined muskie and walleye waters in Minnesota. Matt Jensen with your next walleye