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Minnesota Walleye Fishing

All about fishing for walleye in Minnesota lakes.

Walleye fishing in Minnesota

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.

Walleye Fishing Lakes In Minnesota

Residents of MN are very fortunate to have excellent walleye fishing throughout the state. Many of the smaller lakes have healthy populations of walleye as do the vast majority of larger impoundments including Big Stone Lake, Cass Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Superior, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Rainy Lake and Upper Red Lake.

Rivers flowing to and from many of these lakes also have a few walleye for the persistent anglers. The Minnesota state record walleye was caught from the Seagull River.

Minnesota 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.

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

Trolling for walleye from a fishing boat.

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Fishing for walleye in Minnesota

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz

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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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