Guide To The Secrets Of Walleye Fishing In Arizona
Walleye prefer 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 Lakes In AZ
Arizona offers limited walleye fishing. Fool Hollow Lake and Show Low Lake are the primary places to fish for walleye. Other lakes like Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Roosevelt and Saguaro Lake and Upper Lake Mary all have occasional catches.
Fishing for walleye in Arizona
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 1.76 oz
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Top lures for walleye in Arizona
Walleye jigs work well in virtually any depth water. When walleyes are shallow, spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and rip baits are the often very productive. As they move deeper, spoons are ideal when walleye are active. Understanding the seasonal movements of walleyes can enhance your chances of selecting the right lures for conditions on local waters.
The state record walleye was caught out of Show Low Lake.
Read Gregg Munck's article about AZ walleye fishing.
Arizona 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.
Fishing For 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. Trolling for walleye with deep diving crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinners and live bait provides a way to cover vast areas and locate concentrations of fish. Use of planer boards allows anglers to cover water out both sides of the boat while trolling. Try fishing for walleye from sundown to midnight, particularly during the heat of summer.
Watch this video for walleye tips and tactics.
In-Fisherman - Walleye
U.S. Fish & Wildlife - Walleye
The National Wildlife Federation - Walleye
Also find information about walleye, sauger or saugeye fishing in these states.
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.