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Stream Walleyes

Spring and Summer Techniques for Walleye Fishing on Streams

Streams are extremely popular locations for walleye fishing. If you know where to look and how to catch them, rivers can offer fantastic opportunities to catch some trophy walleye. Obviously, the behavior of the fish alters during the changing seasons. Therefore, it is a good idea to equip yourself with some knowledge about how the walleye's patterns change throughout the prime seasons: spring and summer.

Naturally, during the spring, the walleye has one thing on its mind: reproduction. The spawning season can begin as early as February. As a rule, when the ice begins to thaw, the walleye will immerge from the deeper waters and begin to make its way to spawning spots. During spawning season, you are likely to find stream walleye congregating near reefs, gravel bars, channel structures or shoreline structures.

Immediately after spawning, fishing can be difficult, because the walleye disperse and the feeding behaviors are disturbed. However, some male walleye will remain in the spawning sites in wait for the late arrival of a few females. For 1 to 3 weeks after spawning, the walleye's behavior will be off kilter and you may find it difficult to get a catch during these weeks.

The best techniques to use when fishing for stream walleye in the spring is to use a lightweight line, live bait and a slow and stealthy retrieve. You will usually find high concentration of walleye numbers located at structures such as reefs, shoals or submerged debris. If you discover a large population of walleye, it is advisable to try trolling with a slip-sinker rig and minnows.


Many anglers claim that their best walleye fishing takes place in the summer. Once the walleye has recuperated from spawning it goes in search of food, which is a prime opportunity for you to catch a few trophy walleye. If there are sections of vegetation in the stream that you are fishing, then this is another good place to search for walleye. Often, this is the time of year when walleye can become aggressive, as they search out forage food.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a pattern to the walleye's movements in the early part of summer. Many anglers find good catches in shallow waters, while others find drift fishing in the deeper sections beneficial. However, in mid to late summer, more definitive behaviors take shape. For example, stream walleye will remain in the safety of the deep waters during the middle of the day and will, typically, feed during the dawn and dusk.

Therefore, many anglers find success in the evenings, from sundown to midnight, while fishing for summer walleye in streams.

To help establish the position of the fish, it is a good idea to use a slip-sinker trolling technique initially. It is often beneficial to use baitfish, but the walleye may also find leeches and night crawlers very appetizing. Some anglers find it helpful to use colored beads or a bright spinner blade in some locations.

Walleye can be very specific in their food habits, especially in the summer months, so, it is always advisable to be flexible with your bait and presentation. If you are not getting a bite, try moving position. The walleye are there, you just have to get out there and find them.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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