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Andrew Martinsen's Walleye Fishing Update

Year-Round Walleye Fishing in Iowa
Strategies For a Rewarding Time Fishing Walleyes in Iowa

Throughout the year, Iowa provides anglers with a varied walleye fishing experience that will require using slightly different strategies based upon the time of year and the typical behaviors of walleye during that season. Although fishing walleyes in Iowa requires adjusting your fishing methods to meet the behaviors of the walleye in each season, there are some fishing strategies that may prove beneficial for you to apply to your fishing year round.

Fishing for walleye can best be done in the early morning, late evening, and even in complete darkness. This method of fishing at dusk and dawn for walleye will be most successful during the summer months. However, it is a relatively effective strategy that can be utilized year round.

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Many anglers have reported having success fishing for walleye with live baits, small crankbaits, small spinner balls with plastic worms, and spoons. A general rule of thumb when fishing for walleye is to look for walleye in areas with underwater structure, rock piles, drop offs, in flooded channels, and around underwater logs and gravel sand bars.

Through the year, as the seasons change, your fishing methods will also need to change to meet the changing temperatures and changing walleye behaviors. In the spring walleye move to their spawning grounds and are nearly solely focused on reproducing. You may wish to utilize a light weight monofilament line, a slow retrieval, and natural baits for the greatest success during this time.

Summer is one of the absolute best times to fish for walleye. In the beginning summer months walleye can be found in deeper waters through keeping your boat still or slowly drifting. In Iowa, walleye tend to be found in the summer near drop-offs, by dams near any stone rip-rap, around sunken islands, and throughout flooded creek channels.

Other good locations for fishing include spots where there are underwater gravel bars and reefs or hard clay bottoms. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers tend to offer walleye anglers success when they focus in areas of shallow water near structures on the outside edges of channels.

In the summer a great method for fishing walleye is speed trolling. One word of caution with this method is that you should loosen the reel while trolling otherwise when a fish is hooked or if a hook gets caught it may break the line when resistance is suddenly met. In the fall you will need to go to the deepest holes in rivers to find walleye that are trying to stay warm as the water temperature cools. During the winter months of ice fishing it is a lot more difficult to know exactly where the walleye are going to be located.

Lakes across Iowa have been found to be excellent places for fishing for walleye. The Great Border Rivers and many of the larger deep lakes have been noted for being great walleye fishing spots. Iowa offers anglers an excellent opportunity for a rewarding walleye fishing experience.

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