Guide To Walleye Fishing In Connecticut
Walleye prefer moderately deep lakes with gravel, rock or sandy bottoms. It is found primarily in cold water lakes but has proven to survive in warmer impoundments. It is prized for its great tasting filets. Click here to learn all about walleye fishing and are an ideal target for ice fishing.
Walleye Lakes In CT
For walleye in CT, try your luck at Beach Pond, Candlewood Lake, Crystal Lake, Gardner Lake, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Zoar, Mashapaug Lake, Saugatuck Reservoir, Squantz Pond and West Thompson Lake. The Connecticut state record walleye was caught out of Beach Pond.
Fishing for walleye in Connecticut
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 4 oz
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Top lures for walleye in Connecticut
Jigs work well in virtually any depth water. When walleyes are shallow, spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and rip baits are the often very productive. As they move deeper, spoons and ice jigs are ideal for active walleye. Understanding the seasonal movements of walleyes can enhance your chances of selecting the right lures for conditions on local waters.
Connecticut State Walleye, Sauger & Saugeye Records
The state record walleye was caught out of Beach Pond.
Fishing For Walleye
Connecticut walleye spawn in spring and when they have the option will choose to migrate from the lake up into feeder streams to spawn. If this option is not available they seek out shallow bars or shoals with clean bottom surfaces near deep water.
This toothy fish will eat virtually anything it can catch and get in its mouth. They prefer small fish and will eat crustaceans, worms and insects. They tend to be somewhat wary and prefer the safety of deeper darker water. Trolling for walleye with deep diving crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinners and live bait provides a way to cover vast areas and locate concentrations of fish. Use of planer boards allows anglers to cover water out both sides of the boat while trolling. Try fishing for walleye from sundown to midnight, particularly during the heat of summer.
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In-Fisherman - Walleye
U.S. Fish & Wildlife - Walleye
The National Wildlife Federation - Walleye
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Learn the migration patterns of walleye
Walleye become active in spring and begin the spawning process in medium-depth water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall walleye migrate into shallower water again and feed aggressively preparing for their move to deeper water where they will spend winter.