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Walleye Fishing Lakes In Washington

Alder Lake, Banks Lake, East Rapids Lake, Lake Bryan, Lake Umatilla, Lake Wallula, Lake Washington, Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Roosevelt Lake, Rufus Woods Lake and Wanapum Lake are some of the major lakes in Washington with healthy populations of walleye. Some rivers, especially those running into and out of major lakes with walleye, are also possibilities for walleye. The Washington state record walleye was caught from the Columbia River - John Day pool.

Walleye fishing in Washington

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.

Washington 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 in Washington



World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 19 lbs 5 oz

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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 Washington walleye with live bait, crankbaits, spoons, small spinner baits as well as plastic worms and grubs.

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Trolling for Washington walleye from a walleye 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.

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