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Virginia Walleye Fishing

All about fishing for walleye in Virginia waters.

Walleye fishing in Virginia

The Virginia state record walleye was caught from New River. 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 water. Click here to learn all about walleye fishing.

Walleye Fishing Lakes In Virginia

Claytor Lake, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Leesville Reservoir, Philpott Lake, Smith Mountain Lake and South Holston Lake are the major lakes in Virginia with walleye. Rivers flowing into and out of these lakes are also a good place to look for walleye.

Virginia 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.

Dave Boyers with a very nice Virginia walleye.


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 Virginia 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 Virginia



World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

VA State Record: 22 lbs 8 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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Best walleye fishing lakes in Virginia!