The Art of Fishing for Walleye
All about walleye fishing.
These toothy critters are now found throughout the US, even though their initial distribution was among the waters of the eastern and southeastern states. While often found in rivers and streams, it prefers moderately deep lakes with gravel, rock or sandy bottoms.
Walleye fishing offers a blend of the "fishing excitement" with the anticipation of at tasty meal. Walleye is a favorite of the white meat, fresh water fishes. They spawn in spring, and when the option is available, 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. Learn the seasonal migration of walleye to enhance your chances of finding them on your next outing. Once you locate them, choose the best walleye lures for fishing that depth and cover.
Prefers slightly stained to murky water with little or no current. Ideal water temperature: 38° to 60°
World record: 25 pounds, 0 ounces
This toothy critter will eat virtually anything they can catch and get in their mouth. They prefer small fish and will eat crustaceans, worms and insects. Try fishing from sundown to midnight, particularly during the heat of summer.
Use bait, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, jerkbaits, ice jigs as well as plastic worms and grubs. Trolling is often a very effective way to fish for these tasty fish.
See more details about walleye seasonal movements here.
Top Baits: Shallow crankbaits, small jigs and spinnerbaits.
Fish shallow to moderate depths as the walleye move into the shallows to spawn. Gravel ledges, points and submerged humps in protected areas are prime holding areas.
Top Baits: Crankbaits, jigs and jigging spoons.
Fish shallow in the mornings and evenings and move deeper as the sun rises. Use lures that mimic crawfish as this is a favorite food of the walleye. Follow points and rocky or gravel structure deeper until you establish the proper depth. Night fishing for walleye in summer can be very effective.
Top Baits: Jigs, spoons and ice jigs.
Try moderately shallow depths in the mornings then move deeper as the sun rises. Walleyes are less active in cold water, so move your bait in a slow, easy to catch manner and fish deep structure.
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