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Walleye fishing in Pennsylvania

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 Lakes In PA

Major lakes in Pennsylvania with walleye fishing include Allegheny Reservoir, Beltzville Lake, Blue Marsh Lake, Falls Township Park Lake, Frances Slocum Lake, Glendale Lake, Gordon Lake, Green Lick Reservoir, Hammond Lake, High Point Reservoir, Lake Arthur, Lake Erie, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pymatuning Lake, Raystown Lake, Shenango River Lake, Shawnee Lake, Tamarack Lake, Yellow Creek Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake. Associated rivers are also likely spots for walleye fishing. The Allegheny River gave up the Pennsylvania state record walleye.

Pennsylvania 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.

River systems with populations of walleye include Allegheny River, French Creek and Tulpehocken Creek (Blue Marsh tailrace).

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.

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Fishing for walleye in Pennsylvania

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 9 oz

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Walleye Resources

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

 

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