Walleye General Information
Food Source

Walleye main diet sourse comes from small fish such as minnows, shad, and perch. They also are often caught on nightcrawler, grubs, leeches, snails, crawfish, insects, small and larval salamanders.

Growth Patterns

Walleye normally reach around 2lbs in 6-8 years in the north and half that in the south.

Walleye Habitat

Early Spring thru Spawning

  • Gravel shorelines at upper end of lake (spawning sites)
  • Upper end of river channel (pre-spawn)
  • Deep holes in streams (pre-spawn)
  • Inlet streams with gravel/rock bottoms.
  • Riprap shores.
    • Note, Walleye are especially hard to catch on the spawn, pre and post are great times to fish. Some say night fishing with rattle traps at the rip rap are good way to catch if they are in the spawning stages.

Late Spring

  • Edges of timbered flats at creek channels.
  • Shallow gravel points near creeks.
  • Mud flats.

Summer thru Fall

  • Main lake points near deep water especially with brush or trees.
  • Large humps near deep water.
  • Timbered deep flats.
  • Rocky main lake points.
  • Shallow shelves with immediate deep water relief...
  • Break lines with gradual deep water access.
  • Weedy humps

Late Fall and Winter

  • Steep points with timber or rock near river channel.
  • Deep holes in main lake.
  • Sharp sloping banks, bluffs, creek channels.


Walleye Water Temperature

Key Water Temperatures

Walleye typically will start to move to spawning when the water starts reaching the upper 40\'s and spawn is in full swing when the water temperature start to reach around 49deg. Walleye prefer much cooler water temperatures than most other game fish are generally the most active when the water temperature is between 58deg and 71deg. Above 75deg, the activety starts to decrease. In late fall when the water temp dips below 40 the activety falls off. Then things are on again in the dead of winter when the lakes are frozen, time to get our the ice augers.

Walleye Technique

best thing for winter walleye,1 foot off bottom,riged with' very live' shinners not shad in 10-25 ft. Always fish the 3' sss ' . strcuture, shinny, sassy. and in day light shadows. best time for walleye fishing is at night. 

Top Walleye Fishing Lakes
LakeLatitudeLongitudeCommunity Rating (Votes)
Lake Isabel - CO37.984488-105.0527794.5 (27)
Utah Lake - UT40.187802-111.7991114.2 (56)
Carr Creek Lake - KY37.232648-82.9922674.1 (88)
Lake Le Homme Dieu - MN45.928129-95.3522184.4 (18)
Caballo Reservoir - NM33.004731-107.2843844.4 (20)
Amacoy Lake - WI45.398232-91.3140014.2 (28)
Lake Freeman - IN40.688151-86.7546464.3 (23)
Lake Clinton - IL40.169862-88.7907584.7 (9)
Tenmile Lake - OR43.563235-124.1527224.9 (7)
Sunset Lake - DE39.620831-75.7318555 (6)
Cheesman Lake - CO39.192124-105.2892234.2 (22)
Painted Rocks Lake - MT45.696576-114.2990014.4 (13)
Omak Lake - WA48.282771-119.3867084.5 (11)
Lake Jessie - MN45.998266-95.4231965 (5)
Henry Hagg Lake - OR45.487102-123.2242194.1 (55)
Lake Thompson - SD44.285415-97.4664154.1 (32)
Summit Lake - IN41.324482-85.3264184.2 (24)
Lost Island Lake - IA43.171710-94.9059634.3 (13)
Mack Mesa Lake - CO39.282076-108.8429064.4 (11)
Lake Cadillac - MI44.240100-85.4257314.4 (11)
Walleye Records
Walleyetn25 lbs. 0 oz.Old Hickory ReservoiMabry Harper
Walleyear22 lbs. 11 oz.Ferry LakeAl Nelson, Higden
Walleyeky21 lbs. 8 oz.Lake CumberlandAbe Black
Walleyemo21 lbs. 1 oz.Bull Shoals LakeGerry Partlow
Walleyeor19 lbs. 2 oz.Columbia RiverArnold Berg
Walleyewv18 lbs. 16 oz.31 in.Elk RiverJerry Rose
Walleyewa18 lbs. 14 oz.Columbia River, JohnKimo Gabriel
Walleyeco18 lbs. 2 oz.34 in.Standley LakeScott Regan
Walleyepa17 lbs. 9 oz.Allegheny ReservoirMike Holly
Walleyemn17 lbs. 8 oz.Seagull River