Walleye Water

Where are walleye found?

Walleye are found in 3 main places: In the water, in my freezer, or on my plate. I much prefer the last location. Walleyes are the most delicious fish that swim in any waters, any where, without qualification.

Seriously, walleyes are a member of the perch family, which also includes Yellow Perch, Saugers, Log Perch, and similar fish. Although often referred to as a ‘Pike’, they are not members of the pike family. They are a cold-water species that inhabits lakes, rivers and larger streams. They will seldom be found in water warmer than 72 degrees. They do not like bright light, so in clear water, look for them in silty areas, or places with heavy algae, murky waters, and near river or lake inlets. They are very active at night. They seldom stay in deep water because of it’s depleted oxygen content. They have a definite preference for rocky and sandy bottoms, and are often caught in great numbers near rip-raps, and in tail-races below dams. Their range is as far south as N. Georgia, north to the Great Bear Lake in Canada, and from the East Coast to the West Coast of the US and Canada.

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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