Late ice is another transition time for the walleye. The walleye sense that spring is coming and migrate away from there mid-lake structure back to the shorelines structure.
If it has still been incredibly cold, start your search on the mid-lake structures mentioned in "Middle Ice" section. If it has been warm, the ice is melting, and it feels like spring is around the corner, then read on.
Start your search by looking for a shallow bay that is protected from the wind or look towards the section of the lake that has a river feeding into it. This is where the walleye will eventually spawn (Walleye usually choose the same spawning location every year).
Look on the base of the drop-offs that lead into those shallow bays, and focus on key areas. Key areas are inside turns, points, and steep drop-offs
WhyDuring the late ice period, Walleye sense that spring (spawn) is around the corner and start making a move. They want to move back to the shoreline structure because that is where many bug hatches will happen, and baitfish will migrate there as well.
TacticIt is essential for ice anglers to keep moving and to drill lots of holes. Ice fishing is often thought to be easier than boat fishing. This can be true.. if you just pick a spot and stay there for a day; but if you want to catch a limit of fish, anglers will need to move to various structures.
A great technique (in places that allow two rods per angler) is to have a jigging setup (spoon or jig/minnow) and to pair it up with a "dead stick". A dead stick can be a rod with a hook and live bait, or a tip-up. A lot of the times, the jigging with call the fish in, and the walleye will bite the dead stick.