Top 10 Walleye Fisheries in the Midwest
By: Dan Johnson
The Midwest is blessed with an abundance of blue-ribbon fisheries, which is why it is arguably the epicenter of the Walleye Belt. From Ohio west to the High Plains, the region is home to an amazing variety of fishable waters, from the mighty Great Lakes, to big rivers, and massive impoundments, to small lakes, streams, and quiet backwaters.
Finding walleye paradise among such a vast and diverse backdrop begins by deciding how you define happiness. Is it reeling in oodles of eater-sized ’eyes, perfect for filleting up into the kind of fine dining that puts other gamefish to shame or are marble-eyed monsters topping 10 pounds more your style?
Whatever your pleasure, the Midwest can accommodate it. Thanks to booming fisheries flush with healthy year-classes, many of the region’s lakes and rivers are ready to serve up incredible fishing for ’eyes of all sizes. To help you find walleye bliss this season, we offer the following rundown of 10 of the Midwest’s top walleye fisheries (in no particular order), with something for everyone in a variety of settings.
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