Prime Locations for Finding Walleyes for Walleye Fishing
Studies have shown that walleyes are very mobile, traveling several miles to reach the spawning locations. Walleyes also move in water vertically relating to the content of oxygen, light penetration, and water temperature.
Spawning migration of walleyes starts soon after ice has gone out at temperatures of water of 38 to 44 degrees Fahrenheit, peaking once water temperatures get to 42 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Spawning of walleyes happens at night in depths of 2 feet and 6 feet over gravel or sand bottoms. Once spawning is over, walleye often remain in the shallow water where they feed and stay shallow throughout the day because the spring sun’s low angle doesn’t have much effect on their eyes that are sensitive to light.
When summer kicks in, there is an increase in the temperature of the water and the light coming from the sun, which is also higher up in the sky during this season, forcing the walleye to go to deeper waters during the daytime. But, once the light has diminished, in the early morning, or during dusk, walleye tends to move in the shallows where they feed using structure and cover such as brush piles, rock humps, wood, and weeds.
During the fall season, walleyes move shallower once the temperature on the surface starts to cool. The sun during this season is lower down the horizon once again to allow walleye to feed even during daytime. When fall turnover is experienced in the lakes, the walleyes scatter. Once the temperature of the water goes lower than the 40s and oxygen content remains constant in every depth, it is common to find walleyes much deeper.
Fishing in the ice is responsible for the majority of catches of big walleye, particularly the first ice. In the shallow lakes, walleye bite might continue for about 3 to 4 weeks. As for deeper lakes, walleyes bite best during the first ice and this continues well into mid up to late winter. Since walleye opt for low to dim light, it is better to fish ice walleye during dusk or dawn instead of midday.
Sunny days are produced by dark overcast days. When you identify walleye hotspot during summers like submerged islands, rock piles, and shoreline points, there is also a good chance that you will still find them there even during the winter season.
Prime Locations in Natural Lakes
• You can find walleye in shallow extended reefs and weed flats during fall and season. You can fish on the edges.
• Humps, manmade cribs, and deep reefs are great spots during summer, particularly those connected to saddles or other structures.
• Windswept shorelines with gravel rubble attract spawning walleye. You can fish break-lines or sloping points next to spawning grounds.
• Breaklines with lots of irregular features points and transitions from rock into weeds hold more walleye during fall and summer.
• Sharp drop-offs situated in main lake basin produce walleye during late summer up to early fall.