Michigan is known as the Great Lakes State, and its many lakes (and rivers) are home to a large walleye population. Here are some tips that can help you catch some nice Michigan walleyes.
Tip 1: Fish in Mid-Level Lakes with Gravel Bottoms
In general, walleye prefer to swim in colder lakes for most of the year. Michigan walleye are often found in lakes that are lined with rocks, sand, or gravel.
However, during spawning season, walleye generally move upstream to streams. If they can’t reach a stream, they will find a shallow area in the mid-level lake.
Some of Michigan’s best lakes for walleye fishing include:
• Brevort Lake
• Lake Erie
• Lake Michigan
• Sanford Lake
• Long Lake
Tip 2: Don’t Overlook Rivers
Some of the top walleye fishin’ in this state happens in rivers. The St. Joseph River, in southwest Michigan, has a large walleye population. These fish arrive in the river downstream from the Berrien Springs Dam. This area is full of minnows and suckers that keep the walleye population thriving.
Escanaba River in Michigan’s upper peninsula is also a successful spot for walleye fishing. This 19-mile long river curves (adding areas for walleye to gather) and offers a relatively low current. However, this low current can sometimes make it challenging to catch walleye. Try casting in the early morning at the mouth and shorelines for your best chances at landing a trophy walleye on this superb river in the UP.
Tip 3: Fish in the Cool Lake Michigan Waters
Lake Michigan offers still and murky waters. This is the perfect combination for successful walleye fishing. Walleye prefer cool, dark conditions. Unlike more shallow waters, Lake Michigan offers cool temperatures year round.
So, walleye are easily caught in the lake during the day (not just at night like other lakes). Try crankbaits and spoon baits to attract the walleye in Lake Michigan.
Tip 4: When in Doubt, Fish Black Lake
Yes, this is a deep lake. So it sort of contradicts the first tip above. But Black Lake is a popular area walleye so we had to mention it.
This lake offers 10,000 acres of walleye fishing. The lake reaches 52 ft deep and is very calm. Basically, it is the ideal walleye breeding ground.
During the day, successful anglers catch the most walleye in the center of the lake. This area is filled with broken trees and has a rocky bottom (making this a walleye paradise). At night, try casting along the shoreline in cloudy water for the best results.
Michigan is an ideal walleye fishing area. With plenty of lakes and rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a trophy walleye. Just remember to fish in some of Michigan’s most well-known walleye habitats (like Lake Michigan and Black Lake) in order to increase your chances of catching walleye.
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