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Tips For Wisconsin Fishing Opener

Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published May 6, 2017

Crankbaits opening day? Absolutely! Walleyes will have completed spawning and they will be hungry.

Wisconsin anglers should set out to find some fresh, green weeds to fish this opener. Walleyes like shallow flats because the water is usually a little warmer, and the weeds tend to attract the small fish that walleyes like to eat. Wind swept shorelines are also a good choice. Humminbird Side Imaging and  LakeMaster cards are very useful tools in helping to locate these areas.

Once you locate areas with green weeds, sticking to similar depth ranges will maximize your time on the water. Humminbird's Depth Highlight feature is one way to easily find areas you want to target, allowing you to highlight a certain depth range around the lake, which will make your time on the water much more efficient.

Anglers should use a crank bait based on the depth of the water they're in. For example, if the water is 6-ft deep than a Rapala Shad Rap #5 would be a great choice. Once you've found your spot and picked your bait, drop the Minn Kota start casting! With your target depth established, you can use the Follow the Contour and Cruise Control features on  i-Pilot Link to stay in that target depth and keep your boat at the exact speed to cast along the weed lines. When you catch a walleye or two, engage the  Spot-Lock feature on your motor or deploy your Talon shallow water anchor and work that area over! 

Spring is great time of year for everyone to get out and enjoy. The weather is beautiful and the fish are hungry.