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Michigan Walleye Fishing

All about fishing for walleye in MI lakes.

Walleye Fishing Lakes & Rivers In Michigan

Residents in MI are blessed with plenty of water with populations of walleye. Some of the major impoundments include Black Lake, Brevoort Lake, Burt Lake, Grand Lake, Hamlin Lake, Houghton Lake, Hubbard Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Erie, Lake Gogebic, Lake Huron, Lake Michigamme, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Long Lake, Manistique Lake, Mullett Lake, Pine River and Sanford Lake.

Walleye fishing in Michigan

The walleye prefers moderately deep lakes with gravel, rock or sandy bottoms. It is found primarily in cold water lakes but has proven to survive in warmer impoundments. It is prized for its great tasting filets. Click here to learn all about walleye fishing.

Michigan walleye spawn in spring and when they have the option will choose to migrate from the lake up into feeder streams to spawn. If this option is not available they seek out shallow bars or shoals with clean bottom surfaces near deep water.

The Michigan state record walleye was landed out of Pine River.

This toothy fish will eat virtually anything it can catch and get in its mouth. They prefer small fish and will eat crustaceans, worms and insects. They tend to be somewhat wary and prefer the safety of deeper darker water. Try fishing for walleye from sundown to midnight, particularly during the heat of summer.

Fish for Michigan walleye with live bait, crankbaits, spoons, small spinner baits as well as plastic worms and grubs.

Trolling for walleye from a properly rigged fishing boat.

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Fishing for walleye in Michigan

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MI State Record: 17 lbs 3 oz

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Walleye Resources

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Learn the migration patterns of walleye

Walleye become active in spring and begin the spawning process in medium-depth water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall walleye migrate into shallower water again and feed aggressively preparing for their move to deeper water where they will spend winter. Visit the walleye fishing page for additional information about walleye activities.

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