March Walleye Fishing Mississippi River

Last year was the year with no winter and this year is the winter that never ends. Here it is late march and the rivers are still below 32 degrees. There is good and bad about this. The good is the water won’t get as high with a slow thaw. The bad is fishing is bad and it delays the summer low water levels by a month. Usually about mid June to mid July the water bottoms out, but now it will be July and August, if it does at all.

I hate spring, fishing is a waste of time most days, then everyone hears about someone catching a big fish or a limit of big fish. Then everyone goes out chasing fish stories. Before you know it the Walleye are spawning and one stands little chance of catching any big fish for six weeks. That’s when it’s time to go Bass or Crappie fishing. But don’t expect to fish alone, you’ll be in the crowds of fisherman dieing to get out on the river desperate for a bite. Catch a fish and they’re all over you, wait, this happens all the time anyway, I guess it’s even worse in the spring.

I know a lot of guys want to know more about catching spring Walleye, and I am reluctant to share much information that I don;t already share on my website for fear I will be sending people to where I fish and having them doing the exact same thing, but here goes. You can catch fish shallow, deep or inbetween. You can catch fish on jigs, crankbaits, plastics or crappie pellets. Catch fish on rocks, wood, in current, out of current… see why I hate spring? You can catch fish in the tailwaters at the dam, on wingdams or in lakes. It all depends on water levels, or maybe they’ll be in all those places regardless.

The walleyes spawn when the water temp reaches 49 degrees, but not all depths are the same temperature. There is nothing easy about March Walleye these days. It used to be everyone could just go to the tailwaters and catch plenty of fish, but those fish all got caught and eaten by fisherman, so now the dams are dead most of the year. So that doesn’t leave much of anything but tough fishing where Walleye can show up anywhere and most of the time where no one fishes. I used to love spring but now it’s my least favorite time of year.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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