|Early March Walleye|
The fishing at this late ice/early spring time of year can be nothing short of spectacular as well! The Walleyes are beginning their spawning migrations up the many rivers throughout the Midwest, while spring run Steelhead are leaving the big lake and heading up the many tributaries towards their spawning grounds, and the Brown Trout are schooled up along the shorelines up and down Lake Michigan.
|Lake Michigan Brown Trout|
|27" Wolf River Walleye|
If heading out in the boat on your first trip, make sure you put the plug back in for starters, also make sure all batteries are charged up and also properly hooked up. I also like to make sure that I have all of the tackle I may need on the trip in the boat and ready. Remember things like pliers and your camera to make your trip more enjoyable. I also like to keep my life preservers handier during the cold water months than I do in the summer time.
When it comes to tackle, I prefer to bring a small tackle box that is custom packed for the season, rather than lugging all of my tackle along on every trip. For one, having less tackle in the boat means more room. Things such as trolling crankbaits and spoons can stay at home when I head out on the Wolf River, and my jigs and plastics can be left at home when heading out on Lake Michigan for spring Browns!
I hope a few of these spring fishing ideas will help your first trip of the year become a smooth, productive, and enjoyable one!