Vertical jigging is a great way to catch spring walleyes, but when sag-bellied sows tuck tight to shoreline cover, casting crankbaits like Lindy’s new Wally Shad can put more big fish in your boat.

Just ask veteran guide and Lindy pro staffer Jason Muche.

“Walleyes in Wisconsin’s Wolf River system are spawning as we speak,” he reported. “The fish are at the marshes and I’d say just over half of them have already spawned, so we’re catching both pre- and post-spawn fish.”

All walleyes are fun to catch, but Muche’s most interested in connecting clients to big post-spawn females. “They start feeding a couple days after spawning, so a lot of them are catchable right now,” he said.

Muche’s favorite fishing areas include shallow water current breaks behind logs and fallen trees, as well as tight to the bank.

“You can pitch 1/8- to ¼-ounce Lindy Jigs and Fuzz-E-Grub Jigs tipped with a minnow into these areas and bounce them slowly along bottom,” he says. “But another great way to hook up with the bigger fish is casting crankbaits.”

Lindy’s new Wally Shad quickly rose to the top of Muche’s go-to bait list. “It has just the right shape, action and flash to get the big girls excited,” he explains, noting that his favorite colors include gold black, firetiger and chartreuse perch.

“Position your boat a cast length from the spot you want to fish, pitch the bait out and make a nice, slow retrieve,” he advised.

While Muche is centered in the Lake Winnebago area, his tactics catch fish wherever similar conditions and open fishing seasons coincide.