Pennsylvania Walleye Fishing
Walleye & Sauger
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.
Major lakes in Pennsylvania with walleye fishing include Allegheny Reservoir, Beltzville Lake, Blue Marsh Lake, East Branch Lake, Falls Township Park Lake, Frances Slocum Lake, Glendale Lake, Gordon Lake, Green Lick Reservoir, Hammond Lake, High Point Lake, Kahle Lake, 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.
River systems with populations of walleye include Allegheny River, French Creek and Tulpehocken Creek (Blue Marsh tailrace).
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 17 lbs 9 oz
World record: 17 lbs 7 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz
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Top lures for walleye in Pennsylvania
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. Jigs and ice jigs are very popular with local ice fishing enthusiasts. Understanding the seasonal movements of walleyes improves your odds of selecting the right lures for conditions on local waters.
The Allegheny Reservoir gave up the state record walleye.
The state record sauger was caught in the Susquehanna River.
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.
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.
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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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.