I don’t get to say this too often, but it was a day of catching today. Biggest factors…. water temperature and cloud cover. Water temp has jumped to 68 (was 57 my last time out) and the heavy cloud cover brought them in shallow… right in that 4ft to 6ft depth range along the weed edge.
Any and all presentations are working, except for trolling on the weed edge. You DO NOT want to troll over these fish as it’ll scare them out of the area. You could probably board them if you want, but I don’t do that. Pitching jigs with meat, jigs & plastics, or cranks to the weed edges is the best way to approach these shallow fish. I found that a gentle lift/fall when using meat, or a slow steady retrieve when using plastics and cranks worked best. Super aggressive ripping & popping didn’t produce a fish. Nor did any sort of start/stop with the plastics and cranks. Just a steady retrieve. Paddletail plastics far out-produced split tail plastics as well.
So the time is now for the southern part of the state. If you can, pick the overcast days, or fish the power hours and work the weed edges. Chances are, there will be some fish there. I don’t name lakes publicly or even privately, but pick a lake with decent to good walleye populations and you should be able to put something together.