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How to Catch Walleye

First you need the facts about Walleye before you spend your entire day trying to catch one. 'How to catch Walleye' is a question often posted in fishing forums and message boards. We give you Walleye information so you can better understand the type of fish you want to catch, then we tell you how to catch it! Check it out below.


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Walleye - Cool Water Species:

Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum vitreum)

Walleye are the most sought after game fish in North America. Walleye may be found in most Ontario lakes and rivers, and is found in particular abundance in the northern part of the province. In the cool waters of the north, male walleye can grow up to 3 lbs and female walleye as large as 12 lbs. Walleye is considered by many to be one of the finest tasting fish.

How to Catch Walleye

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Catching Walleye In Spring:

In late Spring (May to June) post-spawn walleye concentrate near river inlets and around rocky points and shorelines which are in close proximity to spawning grounds. Having eaten very little during the spawning period, hungry walleye seldom refuse a jig or spinner with minnow. Late spring and early summer is a feeding frenzy for walleye trying to gain back weight which was lost during the spawn. Slow presentation by vertical jigging or casting and retrieving very slowly will almost always produce results. For a faster presentation, try trolling plugs or spinners near newly emerging weed beds.

How to Catch Walleye

Catching Walleye In Summer:

During the summer months (July to Mid August) the water temperature warms up and walleye tend to be less active than they were in the spring. They still feed regularly, but are less aggressive in doing so. The key to catching walleye in late summer is a slow presentation and getting your hook to the bottom. Once again, vertical jigging or casting and retrieving a jig very slowly is your best bet to catch sluggish walleye. By this time walleye have also moved into deeper water and have spread out from spawning locations into the main body of the lake. Concentrate on fishing water which is deeper than 20 feet. You should also lose the artificial plugs and spinners in favour of live bait.They may not hit very hard in the summer, so set the hook on any extra weight you feel on the line.

Catching Walleye In Fall:

Walleye tend to stay in deeper water throughout the fall (Mid August through September). Look for mid-lake structures (sunken islands, saddles, etc.) that top off between 15 and 30 ft. During the fall, walleye are feeding on larger bait such as smelt, perch and ciscoes. If you are using live bait, it would be wise to ask for your minnows "super sized" (3"-6"). Trolling large plugs which appear similar to the baitfish listed above can also produce results. Many trophy walleye are caught during the fall season. Walleye have been feeding all summer long and are at their healthiest state.

How to Catch Walleye


  • Light-Medium spinning rod and reel
  • 6-10 lb test line
  • 3/8 and 1/2 ounce jigs (white, chartreuse, orange and yellow)
  • rubber twister tails (same colour as jigs), scented or not
  • little joe spinners (same colour as jigs)
  • minnows, leeches, worms (available in nearby Red Lake)


Walleye Hot Spots In Natural Lakes:

  • Gradually sloping reefs
  • Irregular breaklines with a gradual taper
  • Mouths and deep pools of good-sized inlet streams, particularly in Canadian Shield lakes
  • Breaklines around island clusters
  • Channels between islands
  • Sandy, weedy humps in otherwise rocky lakes
  • Rocky humps in otherwise sandy lakes
  • Gravel patches on a mud bottom
  • Over deep water, particularly in lakes with a cisco forage base
  • Weedy flats in shallow, fertile lakes

How to Catch Walleye

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