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Northland Outdoors: Chasing early-season walleyes on the big water

Shortly after ice-out, huge numbers of walleye migrate from their open-water wintering areas to spawn near warmer water from the rivers feeding Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan just a handful of hours east of Minnesota.

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The sun reflects off of Green Bay as Chad Koel of Northland Outdoors spends time hunting trophy walleye.
Chad Koel / Northland Outdoors
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In this episode of Northland Outdoors, Chad Koel heads to Lake Michigan's Green Bay to explore pre-fishing opener opportunities and enjoy fast-action fishing for trophy walleye.

"The bay of Green Bay is a walleye factory that from late March on, is a walleye fishing destination that should not be overlooked, Koel says.

Recently, he met up with friends to enjoy another great day on the big water.

Shortly after ice-out, huge numbers of walleye migrate from their open-water wintering areas to spawn near warmer water from the rivers feeding the lake, says Koel, who shares his go-to lure in pursuit of big fish.

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Large walleye can make a trip to Green Bay, a Lake Michigan bonanza for fisherman.
Chad Koel / Northland Outdoors
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Hunting large walleye is the primary objective in an early-season fishing excursion to Lake Michigan's Green Bay.
Chad Koel / Northland Outdoors

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