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Canada offers some of the best fishing opportunities in North America for walleye and a variety of other fish.  Many anglers come to Canada specifically for the walleye and most of the top lakes will have good walleye fishing.  Take a look at our Canada fishing section to find some of the best places to fish in Canada for walleye.

Ontario – If you want to experience some excellent fishing for walleye, it is tough to beat Ontario, Canada.  This province has so many good places to fish.  Some of the best drive-to lakes are Lake of the WoodsLac SeulRed LakeEagle Lake and Lake Nipissing.  There are a number of boat-in and fly-in fishing destinations that offer some unbelievable fishing opportunities for numbers of fish and quality-sized fish too.

Other Parts of Canada – Ontario gets most of the attention from anglers planning fishing vacations, but there are some unbelievable fishing destinations in the other provinces of Canada.  Take a look at AlbertaManitobaNewfoundland & LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesQuebec and Saskatchewan for more information.

Lake Erie Kelleys Island, Port Clinton, Put-In-Bay and Sandusky are some of the popular places to visit in Ohio if you are planning a Lake Erie fishing trip.  Walleye are king here.
If you hit it right, you can expect to catch a bunch of walleye with some very big fish mixed in.

Bays de Noc (MI) – The walleye fishing is tremendous on Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc.  In this area, you can catch good numbers of walleye to go along some absolute monster-sized fish.  10 pound walleye are fairly common up here so if you are looking for a big fish destination, this is a great destination.  It is definitely one of the better big fish walleye destinations in Michigan.

Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota.  It is the premier vacation destination in the state.  The lake is about 122,000 acres and most of it is not developed. Fishing is excellent for a number of species and the walleye fishing is very good.  Being a relatively shallow lake with excellent populations of forage, large fish are produced quickly in Devils Lake.  Walleye in the 6 to 8 pound class are common.

Saginaw Bay is one of the best places to target walleye in the country.  There are good numbers of walleye here and plenty of big fish too, so you have a good chance to fill your livewell and run into a trophy fish on the waters of Saginaw Bay.  It’s big water, so make sure you have the right boat for a trip here.

Fort Peck Lake is the largest lake in Montana measuring 134 miles long and it has 1520 miles of shoreline with a maximum depth of 220 feet.  This lake is known for its excellent walleye fishery.  There are good numbers of walleye to go along with some very big fish.

The Rainy River (MN) offers one of the best walleye fishing runs in the spring that you can find anywhere in the country.  So many big walleye are caught here that you wouldn’t believe most of the stories from anglers until you actually see some pictures to back it up.  Boats have been reporting 50 to 100 walleye days for years and I wouldn’t be shocked if a group was able to catch close to 200 fish if they used live bait, fished all day and timed it just right.  Timing is everything though, so make sure to keep up with the reports and if you can get off from work when the peak bite starts, you can experience some awesome fishing.  Walleye in the high 20 inch range and up to 30 inches are caught every year and many anglers report catching a lot of big fish in the upper 20 inch range.  It’s just an amazing fishery during the spring.

Columbia River (WA) – More information coming soon.

Bemidji, MN Area – The Bemidji, Minnesota area offers walleye anglers so many fishing opportunities.  This area up here is truly a walleye fishing paradise.  The problem is most anglers don’t have the time to fish all of the great lakes in this area.  Closest to the town of Bemidji, you have Lake Bemidji, which is a very good walleye fishing lake.  Gull Lake, Blackduck Lake, Cass Lake, Lake Winni and Leech Lake are all close enough for you to fish for the day.  There are tons of smaller lakes in this area as well that offer good walleye fishing.

Boundary Waters – The walleye fishing is excellent in the Ely, Minnesota area.  Whether you are targeting walleye in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area or the lakes that lie just outside of it, you should be able to catch plenty of walleye in this area.  On guided fishing trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area lakes, anglers usually report steady action throughout their entire fishing day.  This area provides anglers with one of the best walleye fishing experiences in the state of Minnesota.

Brainerd Lakes – The Brainerd Lakes area offers anglers so many walleye fishing opportunities.  The area lakes are loaded with eater-sized walleye and trophy walleye up to 30 inches are possible on some of the better lakes in this area.  Some of the popular walleye lakes in this area are Gull Lake, Round Lake, Pelican LakeFarm Island Lake and Mille Lacs Lake, but these are just some of the lakes that you can fish for walleye.  There are so many lakes in this area where you can target walleye and expect to catch some.

Lake Vermilion – The walleye fishing is fantastic on Lake Vermilion.  Anglers usually do well for numbers of walleye and there are plenty of bigger fish in the mid to upper 20 inch range in the lake.  If you like to fish for walleye, you should be able to catch plenty of walleye on a trip to Lake Vermilion.

Lake Winnibigoshish – Lake Winni has been known as a good walleye fishing lake in the past and it’s still a very good lake to fish for walleye today.  If you know how to fish for walleye, this is a lake where you can catch good numbers of eater-sized fish and you will definitely run into some nice walleye in the low to mid 20 inch range with the possibility of catching a trophy size fish.

Leech Lake has been known as a very good walleye fishing lake over the years.  There were some tough years on this lake after 2000, but the walleye numbers have rebounded nicely to pre-2000 levels.  Leech lake gives anglers the opportunity to catch a lot of walleye and there are plenty of big fish in here as well.  If you know how to target walleye, you should be able to catch some fish on Leech Lake.

Door County, WI – Rated as one of the top ten vacation destinations in America, Door County has some unbelievable fishing for big walleye.  You’re not always going to get big numbers of fish here and you may have to do some night fishing to get the big girls, but if you know what you’re doing and you put in the time, big fish over 30 inches have become common in Door County.

Lake Gogebic (MI) is known as a good walleye lake for numbers with some big fish up to and above 10 pounds are caught here as well.  This lake has a track record more for having good numbers of eater-sized fish than trophy fish, so you should be able to catch plenty of walleye to eat on a trip to Lake Gogebic.  Don’t count on seeing too many big fish, although, there are some available in this fishery.

Detroit River (MI) – More information coming soon (an excellent walleye fishery in the spring)

Lake Winnebago is one of the better walleye lakes in the state of Wisconsin.  This is a big lake and there are a lot of different species of fish here, but Walleye is the most sought after fish here and there are a lot of them in the lake.  Most anglers will troll here for walleye.  Whether you’re after numbers of size, there’s a little of both in this lake depending on the year.

The Northwoods of Wisconsin have so many walleye lakes to fish.  While the fishing up here isn’t what it used to be for the walleye fishing, there are still plenty of lakes to target walleye.  Some of the popular towns up here to fish are Boulder JunctionEagle RiverMinocquaSt. Germain and Three Lakes.

Bull Shoals Lake (AR & MO) – The lake covers 45,400 acres with about 730 miles of shoreline consisting of rubble, limestone, ledges, gravel points, clay banks and silty areas at the upper ends of the creek arms.  Bull Shoals Lake is one of your best options if you want to do some fishing in the southern part of the country.  Many anglers don’t even know about it because they head up north when they fish for walleye, but it’s a nice option if you’re looking to do some walleye fishing once it gets too cold up north.  This lake is known for some big walleye too.

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