With most of the ice finally leaving our lakes and ponds, spring fishing is upon us. In years past, we have focused most of our attention on panfish with the occasional bass trip. The first Saturday in May brings on the opener of Walleye season but what many may not be aware of is that walleye season never closes on the Connecticut River which leaves us with great opportunities to cash in on some great spring walleye fishing.
As water temperatures slowly rise, the walleye begin their yearly migration to their spawning grounds. For the river fish, that is usually upstream towards dams, or any other man made “road block”. It has become a goal of mine to target these fish while waiting for the water to warm up to get after the panfish. After a small amount of research on google earth, I decided to try a spot that looked like it might hold some fish during this time. I only had a few hours after work and grab my rod with some jigs and a couple tubs of crawlers. The spot I was fishing is passable but offers great habitat as well as fast moving water. Walleye often times during the spring will congregate in these areas and will lay just on the edge of the fast moving current. Knowing this, my cast was position just along that edge. It didn’t take long to hook into what felt like a decent sized fish. Another great thing about fishing the Connecticut River is that you never know what you are going to catch. This particular fish happened to be the target species. Without a net, I was luckily able to land it along the rock shore to get a handle on it. It turned out to be a nice 24″ walleye. I globed another crawler on and made the same cast which produced another hook up. A bigger walleye rolled on the surface and managed to throw the hook as it slid into the current. After a few more misses on what I think were walleye I managed to land two northern pike and a smallmouth.
There will be more trips to the river for spring walleyes.