Well this is the best time of year for big Walleye. Usually in mid November the fish just show up one day at the tailwaters and deep holes in the Rock River as the wingdams go dead. I remember all those years fishing Belview, fishing was ok but when the water temp hits below 50, the fish show up in great numbers at the dam areas.
I used to love using shiners, I could catch my own right here in town and they seemed to out fish anything else. I think there is more shiners in the rivers than any other minnow. They put out a shine that can be seen for several feet away. They changed the dam area and so I lost that spot and never have found another good place to get them.
I have fished the tailwaters for decades and have seen some of the biggest walleye in the Mississippi River come from the tailwaters. I think the state record will come from the tailwaters one of these dams.