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2024 Walleye Opener

The 2024 walleye opener is fast approaching. Lake conditions are a little a head of normal but pretty average overall. Water temps are in the mid to upper 50’s. Walleyes are post spawn and ready to eat mainly on shallow windblown flats. We are expecting the bite to be pretty good for opening weekend in the 4-15’ range. Pitching stand up jigs and shiners will be the starting point. Next will be pitching jigs with plastics and long casting stickbaits in skinny water. I’ll include pictures of some of my favorite early season baits. Also crappies are starting to move back into the shallows in some soft bottom bays. Water temps are upper 50’s to low 60’s in the bays. Find the warm water and you’ll find shallow fish. Good luck to everyone and be safe.

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