Early Spring Walleyes – John Gillespie’s Waters & Woods
Mar 29th, 2020 by Keith Worrall
Modified Mar 29th, 2020 at 12:52 PM
Episode 13, 2020 – Early Spring Walleyes – FULL EPISODE
John Gillespie’s Waters & Woods
Early Spring Walleyes
Show Date: March 28th & 29th, 2020
Location: Bay of Green Bay; Oconto County, Wisconsin
Guide: Brett Jolly [715-581-5678 | captainjollycharters.com]
During this time where the whole country is seemingly at a standstill, getting outdoors is a vital avenue for both mind and body. As we learned from our interview with the Wisconsin DNR, outdoor activity is considered an essential activity. So if you’re smart about it, and stay close to home, getting in the boat is a great way to get outside while practice social distancing.
The day we fished the Bay of Green Bay with Captain Brett Jolly, was the last day before Governor Tony Evers enacted the “Wisconsin Safer At Home Order.” Under this order, Wisconsinites are told to stay at home, and only leave when it is necessary.
Here are some key points as it pertains to fishermen:
Outdoor activity is recognized as an essential activity
State Parks, Trails & Forests are open – all fees waived
All current regulations still apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons
Stay within your community – the closer you can stay to home, the better
As far as the fishing, we were out about just as early as we could be. There was a significant amount of ice that was surrounding us, so the area we were actually able to fish was rather small. Brett tells us that the fishing will steadily get better as these fish get ready to head up river to spawn. We used live bait, plastics, and hair jigs throughout the day, and we didn’t really develop a pattern. The main thing to remember is that with the water temps in the low 30’s, you need a very slow presentation, no matter what lure you’re using.