On Outdoors: Anglers land more than 100 walleyes

Members of Rock Valley Anglers caught more than 100 walleyes during a recent trip to DePere, Wis. Photo courtesy of Rock Valley Anglers
By Jim Hagerty

Staff Writer

Spring walleye fishing is heating up in the Midwest. A group of Rock Valley Anglers members traveled north to DePere, Wis., late last month and landed more than 100 fish.

According to Dave McCoy of Rock Valley Anglers, the group of 14 lost another 100 to 150 strikes.

“The water temps are creeping into the perfect pre-spawn zone,” McCoy said. “This weekend could be very near the peak. We caught a bunch of big fish in very shallow water.”

In Illinois, anglers are producing solid walleye numbers in the early season. More than 1,000 fish were landed March 27-28 on the Illinois River near Spring Valley for the Masters Walleye Circuit opener.

Locally, walleyes are biting in Pierce Lake near the dam. Live jigs and plastic minnow replicas are working well, anglers report.

Bluegill explosion on the horizon

With the recent warm weather, spring bluegill fishing is said to be on the horizon earlier than usual in an array of Rockford-area waters. Depths of 2 to 6 feet are starting to be hotbeds for bluegill as big males start to emerge from the deeps in search of shallow spawning beds.

Outdoors news and photos can be sent directly to Jim Hagerty at jim.hagerty@rockrivertimes.com. Glossies and hard-copy press kits can be mailed or delivered to The Rock River Times’ office at 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101. Jim can be reached at (815) 964-9767.

From the April 7-13, 2010 issue

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