Lake Michigan Walleyes

Where do you recommend I Walleye fish on lake Michigan since I live in Kenosha / Racine area which is the farthest S.E corner of WI / Lake Michigan. There has got to be some Walleye spots down south here since GreenBay and Escanaba are Walleye hotspots. What techniques or baits seem to work down here? Thanks sincerely. Frank

Good places near you include the Pike River Mouth, the Inner Harbor, the Harbor at the Holiday Inn, the Harbor at the Pike Creek mouth, the Harbor off of 54th St., the North Pier, the South Pier, the North Wall Southport Marina, and the Southwall Southport Marina. The Root River inlet is also a good place to try.

How productive each of these places will be depends on the time of year you fish them. In the spring, Walleyes will begin to move in to shallows and feeder springs to spawn, looking for shoals, weeds and shallow bars. In spring, Shad-Raps are your best bet, but worm harnesses, small jigs, minnows and plastic worms can also work well.

In the summer, walleyes move out to deeper water, so jigs and live bait, combined with trolling can work well. They do cruise the shallows at night, especially along rocky drop-offs, so crank baits will work miracles in this situation, at times.

In winter, spoons plastics, lures and live bait all work, but they must be fished slower.

If you scout out each of these areas, yoiu can determine which would be best at any given time of year.

Happy fishing.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow walleye fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on walleye fishing since 2004.

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