Iowa Walleye Fishing
All about fishing for walleye in IA lakes.
Walleye Fishing Lakes In Iowa
Residents of Iowa are blessed with many walleye fisheries across the state. The Iowa state record walleye was caught in the Des Moines River but the vast majority of walleyes come from major lakes with cold, deep waters. Some of the larger lakes with populations of walleye include Big Creek Lake, Big Spirit Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Five Island Lake, Lake Icaria, Lake MacBride, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Three Mile Lake, Tuttle Lake, Twelve Mile Creek Lake and West Okoboji Lake.
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.
Iowa 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.
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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 Iowa 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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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.