The Deal: When the ice breaks up on Lake Erie, it doesn't take long for the walleyes to go into spawning mode. The smaller males move onto the reefs, providing stellar jigging action when the water warms up a bit. The massive, egg-laden females, however, slide onto muddy flats by the hundreds. If you're dialed into the depths, water clarities, lures, and trolling speeds that get it done this time of year, it's possible to walk about with more trophy 'eyes than you can shake a stick at. Of course, just because they are plentiful doesn't make them easy to catch.