Don't Overlook that Spring ShorelineBy Eric Brandriet - May 11, 2021
Spring walleyes can be caught on any shoreline but gravel/scattered rock areas (2-5 ft.) are prime spawning areas and those that drop off to deeper water are even better. Rocky or rip-rapped shorelines are also favorites and those on the west sides of water often will out produce others due to the increased sunlight. Always look for wind driven shorelines as bait is often driven towards them. Running water often produces temperature differences that always will attract more walleyes. Some of the best shore fishing locations can be found when in a boat so taking mental notes. Another great scouting tool the Humminbird FishSmart App that aids in finding potential fish holding areas.
There is no reason to overthink lure selection as walleyes are shallow to spawn and...ready to eat. A jig and minnow/plastic combination screams walleye candy. Proven favorites include a Northland Tackle Fireball Jigs or a Mimmic Minnow. Slip Bobbers teamed with a split shot and plain hook tipped with a minnow/leech will provide a natural presentation that can be fished at any depth. Natural colored shad-style or stickbait crankbaits on a slow retrieval can easily entice shallow hungry walleyes.
Like all angling, paying attention to detail can be crucial in determining success. When you find that shoreline that produces walleyes, make sure to remember and hit it again next year. Because walleyes are spawning and water warms up the quickest on shorelines, early morning, late evening and midday due to highest water temps often can produce the most action. This can be a favorite time of the year for many as there is no better time to get kids out fishing. The spring shoreline bite can quickly become a tradition. For many anglers, the warm spring evenings are a special time of year.