Walleye Fishing

Throughout the United States and Canada, walleye fishing is a popular sport both in the summer and in the winter when ice fishers take to the frozen lakes. Those who love the challenge will often do their fishing in the summer because walleye are far less likely to take bait during the hot summer months than at any other time of the year. Persons who are more interested in a large quantity of fish than the actual accomplishment of catching one will usually fish in the springtime or fall, as both periods are significant feeding times for the walleye, and they are more eager to take whatever food is offered, whether it is bait on a hook or not. Even though spring and fall are both good seasons for walleye fishing, those who must make a choice between the two seasons should probably choose spring.

The most commonly caught walleye today is known as the Yellow Walleye because of its distinctive coloring that sets it apart from the Blue Walleye. The Blue Walleye variation is in danger of extinction, so its fishing is tightly regulated. Any one who happens to catch a Blue Walleye on accident should actually release it back into the water immediately so as to help preserve the population.

Walleye fishing tends to be most productive on cloudy days or at the times of day when light is low but not absent, such as at sunrise or sunset. The fish have excellent fields of vision at these times of the day, so that is when many of them choose to feed. Every seasoned fishermen know that the best time of day to fish are at those periods of feeding, and walleye fishing is no exception. Good bait to use when walleye fishing includes minnows and nightcrawlers, but even leeches have proven to be effective for catching the fish.

Those who are interested in fishing for food should know that the walleye is considered one of the best tasting of all the freshwater fish, and it is a popular menu item in those regions where it is abundant. Having a nice walleye fillet after a long day of walleye fishing is an especially good treat, and many campers have enjoyed a walleye cooked over their campfire that was caught just hours before. As with any other fish, the same cleaning process should be followed before the fish is laid over the coals, and those who take the time to catch, clean, and cook the walleye will not be disappointed when it is time to eat it.