The St Marys River is finally starting to warm up enough to get the walleyes moving. The walleyes on this system are resident and migratory. The migratory walleye won't appear in this system until usually June or when the water warms up enough and the baitfish start to move up. The baitfish are then followed by a big school of walleyes. This is when the river system really comes to life. For now, it is all about finding the elusive resident walleye. After the spawn here they start to transition to different areas, preferably warm water areas and creek mouths bringing a food source. The resident walleye is still difficult to find here but once you do they come in bunches.
I had the opportunity to fish with another Professional Walleye Angler Chris McMillian over the last couple of days. Yesterday was a struggle with 32 degree weather and very little wind. Couldn't believe how hot it was for a May long weekend. We ended up with Pike and smallmouth. Today was a much better day and the hard work paid off. Can't comment too much on what we were using or how we were targeting these fish because it is a prefish for an upcoming tournament. Hopefully we can use our pattern from today to try elsewhere on this system. I can say we used all artificial baits today. Over the next week things will change some more as vegetation will start to show up in other areas. Stay tuned!