You could also go to the fish report options (blue tab) and set month/date/year settings so that you don’t have to go so many pages back. Just a tip.
Wolf River - Fremont
I appreciate greatly the confidence that many have in me from over the years when it comes to dialing in walleye and whitebass on the river. Its a very large compliment. I have been getting a number of PMs lately asking when to plan on the up-run walleyes, whens the spawn, when is it best for down run walleyes, and so on. Its great to see the early excitement and planning. Genuinely I mean it when I say those that plan ahead, plan for success.
But lets get real here. Its Jan 28th, 14-20" of ice, more cold stuff on the way, and we have no idea of what the total snow-melt will equate to.
Please go back 60 or so pages, and read through the mid MARCH posts through mid MAY, then skip ahead to about page 30, and repeat. That will give you two years worth of info. Also, compare the posts with consistent success with the moon phase and weather conditions.
For the couple that needed to get vacation time requested, here is my sincere advise - Don't waste it on the up run walleyes. Yes, you have the opportunity to catch a little piggy, but not a trophey. The wolf gives up very few walleyes over 30"...in fact almost never. We see quite a few at peak that are in the 22-25" range, but the 28-30+" pigs are RARE. So if your burning vacation time, use it post spawn.
So a few things to consider:
Walleyes don't come up river all at once. They trickle in. The migration starts when the river is usually still ice covered, and we catch females full of spawn until mid APRIL.
River generally opens up mid (March-ish) weather dependent.
Years of heavy snow melt keeps the river higher and COLDER. Lots of snow prolongs the radiant heat from warming it up very quick.
In general terms, walleyes look for spawning in 45-48 degree water. Sometimes a bit colder and sometimes its warmer.
Here are some moon phase milestones you want to know:
So, here is your magical formula for the PMs I got.
Moon Phase, + Water Flow + Water Temp+Seasonal and diurnal patterns=Spawn time. Remember, they don't all spawn at once!!!! some early, some late. But I will be planning on fishing everyday from Last Quarter to NEW Quarter. FYI, pics are from April 4th, one year apart. Little different conditions
Have fun, be safe, and always try to be the better person by behaving like an adult. No one likes a whiner.
Warrior there are two access points. Jellystone has access for $5 and Castello Road is free but you cannot park there because it's just a dead end road. There are trucks and permenant shacks so the ice has been pretty safe. Just take it slow and stay away from the mouth of where the river comes in.
Sanderman; You are #1 knucklehead this year!
Otherwise , How is the ice comming so far? The ice is mighty questionable where I fish this time of year, and Iam not wanting to join a Polar Bear culb anytime soon. I have fished the spring whites run several times on the Wolf and have had very good time while doing so. Have not been able to the last two years, as other things have been comming first. Hope this year is better, as I sure miss the good people and time on the Wolf.