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Walleye fishing in New York

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. Lakes with populations of walleye include Allegheny Reservoir, Ashokan Reservoir, Black Lake, Carry Falls Reservoir, Chautauqua Lake, Conesus Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Lake Champlain, Long Lake, Oneida Lake, Onondaga Lake, Otsego Lake, Owasco Lake, Saratoga Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Tupper Lake and Union Falls Pond. Many of the rivers and streams flowing into and out of these lakes also contain walleye.

Fishing for walleye in New York

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 2 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

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Top lures for walleye in New York

Jigs with a variety of trailers and bait 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 for active walleye. Understanding the seasonal movements of walleyes improves your odds of selecting the right lures for conditions on local waters.

New York State Walleye, Sauger & Saugeye Records

The state record walleye was caught out of St. Lawrence River.

The state record sauger came from Lower Niagara River.

New York Youth with a nice walleye
Jason Drozdowski

New York 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. Click here to learn all about walleye fishing.

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.

Sauger

Closely related to the walleye and similar in appearance, sauger are generally smaller than walleye, reaching 4 to 5 pounds (or more) and up to about 20 inches. Often found in muddier rivers, it thrives in larger, silty lakes. They spawn in the shallows at night, without creating or guarding specific nests.

Watch this video for walleye tips and tactics.

Walleye Resources

In-Fisherman - Walleye
U.S. Fish & Wildlife - Walleye
The National Wildlife Federation - Walleye

 

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