Walleyes are caught on a variety of live bait and artificial lures and everyone has their favorite. But by far the most productive choices are jigs dressed with a soft plastic, bucktail, minnows or combination of the three. This set-up has accounted for more walleyes taken during this time of year than any other offering.
When fishing tailraces reading the current becomes important to catching fish. Rocks, points, islands or gravel bars can alter the current creating seams, which are where two different currents meet. These can be great locations to catch staging fish.
Eddies, on the other hand, is where the water is twirling around which is another spot not to overlook. The downstream sides of rock piles are also great fish holding areas.
Another place to target is where feeder streams or ditches funnel into the river system. The mouths of these smaller tributaries can be a fishing gold mine, especially after a recent rain has washed food and clear water into the river.
So if you’re looking for a respite from cabin fever, and yearning for a pleasurable outdoor activity, maybe it’s time to head to the races and try some early season dam fishing and hope that spring has finally sprung.
John Martino is the Tribune’s outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at email@example.com.