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.

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.


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.

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. 

Lake Latitude Longitude Community Rating (Votes)
Lake Isabel - CO 37.984488 -105.052779
Utah Lake - UT 40.187802 -111.799111
Carr Creek Lake - KY 37.232648 -82.992267
Lake Le Homme Dieu - MN 45.928129 -95.352218
Caballo Reservoir - NM 33.004731 -107.284384
Amacoy Lake - WI 45.398232 -91.314001
Lake Clinton - IL 40.169862 -88.790758
Tenmile Lake - OR 43.563235 -124.152722
Sunset Lake - DE 39.620831 -75.731855
Cheesman Lake - CO 39.192124 -105.289223
Lost Island Lake - IA 43.171710 -94.905963
Painted Rocks Lake - MT 45.696576 -114.299001
Omak Lake - WA 48.282771 -119.386708
Lake Jessie - MN 45.998266 -95.423196
Henry Hagg Lake - OR 45.487102 -123.224219
Lake Thompson - SD 44.285415 -97.466415
Lake Freeman - IN 40.688151 -86.754646
Summit Lake - IN 41.324482 -85.326418
Mack Mesa Lake - CO 39.282076 -108.842906
Lake Cadillac - MI 44.240100 -85.425731
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Species State Weight Length Lake Angler
Walleye tn 25 lbs. 0 oz. Old Hickory Reservoi Mabry Harper
Walleye ar 22 lbs. 11 oz. Ferry Lake Al Nelson, Higden
Walleye ky 21 lbs. 8 oz. Lake Cumberland Abe Black
Walleye mo 21 lbs. 1 oz. Bull Shoals Lake Gerry Partlow
Walleye or 19 lbs. 2 oz. Columbia River Arnold Berg
Walleye wv 18 lbs. 16 oz. 31 in. Elk River Jerry Rose
Walleye wa 18 lbs. 14 oz. Columbia River, John Kimo Gabriel
Walleye co 18 lbs. 2 oz. 34 in. Standley Lake Scott Regan
Walleye pa 17 lbs. 9 oz. Allegheny Reservoir Mike Holly
Walleye mn 17 lbs. 8 oz. Seagull River
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