Anglers hit Fox River for spring walleye run

Posted at 7:22 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 17:42:37-04
You can't beat a 60 degree Saturday in March.
And with that kind of weather, hundreds of boats hit the Fox River near De Pere and Green Bay for some fishing this weekend.
It was hard to find a spot on the water, but even harder to find a big fish.
"A lot of small stuff, nothing big yet," said Robin Leonard of Kohler.
That didn't stop people from hitting the water for the spring walleye run.
"We had about 35 walleyes, our biggest fish was about 24 inches," said Ryan Zolp of West Bend. "A lot of small fish this morning." 
For Rob Korth, owner of Swamp Donkey Bait and Tackle, it's the best time of the year.
"We got real popular in a quick hurry, hard to keep up," he said.
For five years, he's been helping people catch some trophies from the Fox Point Boat Launch.
"Your basic needs for catching a walleye in the spring, whether it's jigs, plastics, live bait, crank baits, jerk baits," Korth said. "Those types of things."
On Saturday, Mary Capelle of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was helping anglers stay out of harms way.
"We are out here to make sure people have all their safety requirements, all their safety equipment on board that they need," she said.
Not everyone was out on a boat. Some enjoyed fishing or just watching the boaters from shore. Either way, everyone enjoyed the unusually warm March Saturday.
Anglers said it was a slow day, and because you can only keep a walleye at this time over 28 inches, not many got to bring one home.