Being part of the perch family, you can find the walleyes in North America. The sauger has a similar look and closest to the walleye from a relative perspective. Looking at the perch faimily, the walleye is the largest member.
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Best pre-spawn tactic for catching Walleye: 3-4" paddletails (snap jigging or straight retrieve), 4" jerkbaits (jerk, jerk with long pauses before moving the bait again) rattletraps. For year-round Walleye fishing, you can never go wrong with an 1/8 oz jighead (or heavier depending on current and depth) tipped with live minnows, leeches or crawlers. Drag the jig on bottom or give it a few pops as you reel in, maintaining bottom contact is key in rockey/mud transition areas.
Best post-spawn tactic for catching Walleye: 4" paddletails, 4-6" stickbaits that suspend or go under the surface barely 2 feet. Most fish are feeding on baitfish that sometimes tend to stay closer to surface.
North Dakota, USA.
Best pre-spawn tip for catching Walleye: Bottom Bouncers and spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or minnows. For year-round Walleye fishing, Jigs can work all year but don’t cover enough water in late spring or late summer. You will catch more fish by being adaptable to seasonal patterns.
North Dakota, USA
Best post-spawn tactic for catching Walleye: Bottom Bouncers and spinners tipped with crawlers and minnows in late spring, moving to jigs and Lindy Rigs in early summer and moving to cranks in late summer in deep water and weedline edges.
Best pre-spawn tactic for catching Walleye: Swimbaits and lipless. For year-round Walleye fishing, Swimbaits are just all around good because walleye eat things like baitfish but some days you’ll need to slow it down or speed it up to get on those weird bites
Best pre-spawn tactic for catching Blue Catfish: Typically I'll suspend fish from my Kayak next to a channel ledge, locating structure and ensuring I'm in a flow of current if possible... It's important to try identify the routes and pathways that the fish will navigate while foraging. For year-round Blue Catfish fishing, Blue catfish will eat year round, the best tactic, especially from a kayak is to locate fish through covering water by suspend drifting, or active dragging. Once the fish are found anchor down and work the area with suspended baits. Don't spend too much time in one spot, if nothing has happened for 30mins try moving along.
No one has caught any Walleye on Fishbrain yet, so we can't suggest a water to catch them at yet!