While the walleye’s average size is between 15 and 20 inches and 1 and 3 pounds, they can reach maximum lengths of around 35 inches and weights of up to 25lb. A few specimens have even reached records weights of around 30lb.
Adult walleye eat a variety of smaller fish, including yellow perch, minnows, and shads. Really big specimens can sometimes also devour smaller bass or crappie, while juvenile walleye mostly eat zooplankton and insects.
Walleye are native to North America and can be found from the Arctic down to the Mississippi river basin. They inhabit waters across the mid-eastern and central parts of the US and Canada.
Walleye fishing in clear water works best in poorer light conditions and close to underwater structures. Purple, silver, chrome, or white crankbaits, spinner rigs, and jigs are your top picks for this kind of fishing.
As there is low visibility in muddy water conditions, you should use lures that make noise and produce a lot of vibrations. When it comes to lure colors, chartreuse, orange, and purple have proven highly effective in catching murky water walleye.
When spinning or jigging for walleye, your best choice of line is a 12-20lb braid. For trolling and slip bobber rigs, using a 6-14lb monofilament mainline is recommended.