Walleye Fishing Basics


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Habitat

Walleye are found in many different bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers. Walleye can be found in crystal clear lakes and dark colored water rivers.  Wood, rocks and weeds will attract walleye.  In most lakes and reservoirs, walleye are often found in deeper water for most of the year.  It is not uncommon to catch walleye in 5 to 10 feet of water early in the year, but once the summer warms the water temperatures, most walleye anglers will be fishing 20 to 35 feet of water.  At night, however, walleye can be found very shallow even in the summer.  Some anglers catch walleye in just a few feet of water at night.


Fishing Rigs

For many walleye anglers, they like to keep it simple.  Troll with crankbaits and spinner rigs or jig with live bait and soft plastics.  You can keep it that simple and do just fine, however, there are a variety of rigs you can use to put more walleye in the boat.  Take a look at our fishing rigs section for walleye to learn more.


Live & Natural Baits

For walleye, you can keep it simple and just use minnows, however, nightcrawlers and leeches work great too during the summer time.  Take a look at our live & natural baits section for walleye to learn more about what to use and how to use it to catch more walleye.


Rod & Reel Recommendations

Most anglers are going to go finesse when jigging for walleye, however, you may use a wide range of rods and reels based on how you are fishing.  Learn more on our rod & reel recommendations for walleye page.


Fishing Line Recommendations

Most anglers go light with 6 to 8 pound line when fishing for walleye, but there are definitely situations to go heavier.  Learn more on our fishing line recommendations for walleye page.


Eating Walleye

Walleye taste excellent.  You can eat them a variety of ways, but frying them is the most popular method of cooking them.


 

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