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Catching Missouri Walleye

Tips for Fishing in the Show Me State

Missouri is the Show Me state and it has plenty of things to show walleye anglers. Fishing can differ from state to state. Understanding the nuances of Missouri waters will help you become the top predator.

While walleye are native to parts of Missouri, you won't find them everywhere. There are many reservoirs and streams where walleye are unable to naturally sustain their population. To meet demands, the Missouri Department of Conservation stocks several of these waters.

Some lakes, like Stockton Lake, are geared to harvesting numbers and allow fish that are fifteen inches or longer to be taken. Other lakes, like Bull Shoals, are trying to promote trophy fishing and maintain an eighteen-inch minimum. Make sure to research size restrictions before you hit the water so that you can find a lake that meets your fishing goals.

Missouri walleye behavior patterns are the similar to other states, thugh the seasons themselves differ. Spawning starts in the first part of March in the southern regions and continues through mid-April in the northern areas. In reservoirs, walleye spawning coincides with crappie and black bass spawning. If you come across these species, you can bet walleye aren't too far away.

Things heat up quickly in Missouri and walleye like to haunt the thermoclines. A thermocline is a layer of the water column where oxygen concentration falls to levels below sustainability for fish. They are also some of the coolest water in a reservoir. Focus your efforts on places where thermoclines intersect with humps, depressions, and structure. These are favorite areas for walleyes to hide out. Jigging a barbed hook with two sinkers along the bottom of these areas will mimic crawfish, which walleye are more than happy to gobble up.

In fall, the thermocline breaks up and walleye start moving more freely through the water. They will continue following the shad and can often be found below large schools of shad in main lakes. Walleyes in tributary habitats tend to move back into large pool areas. Trolling with crankbaits is a great presentation for this season, just keep moving and don't linger too long in one spot.

Show Me walleye respond well to crankbaits, jigs and spoons, though many local anglers prefer bottom bouncers. Adding leeches, worms, or minnows to this lure incites strikes time after time. Missouri walleye like their colors loud or natural, depending on the day. Walleye in this state prefer to snack on shad and sunfish, so chose colors that mimic these bait fish. They also like loud colors like chartreuse and pink, especially when the water is murky. Bringing a selection of both types of color patterns will make it easy to adapt if the fish are being finicky.

If you want to fish in Missouri, there are plenty of places to go. Make sure you do your research ahead of time, because not all waters in Missouri will hold walleyes. Just like people, walleye have regional tastes and you may have to adapt your techniques in order to get the fish to bite. With a little bit of homework, you can show Missouri walleye that you are at the top of the food chain.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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Here's a 25 inch walleye caught at Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The picture is a great memento for me.

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