How to Catch Walleye in the Mississippi River

How to Catch Walleye in the Mississippi RiverWalleye is one of the most popular species of fish among anglers in North America. Not only is walleye a challenge to catch, making it a popular recreation fish, but it is also very tasty and is regularly featured as an upscale menu item at restaurants across the United States. Walleye are abundant in many lakes in the northern United States but are also frequently found in the Mississippi River. (Pictured: The old Chain of Rocks Bridge over Mississippi River near St Louis - aerial view from Illinois shore)


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Fish near locks and dams along the Mississippi River, particularly between St. Paul, Minn., and St. Louis. These places will feature the highest concentration of walleye, which are drawn to the highly oxygenated waters of the dams.
Step 2
Avoid areas of rapid current and try to fish backwaters and protected coves along the river. Walleye tend to avoid strong river currents when possible.
Step 3
Set up near or on the cement knob situated between a lock and a dam, giving yourself a good shot at the walleye passing through this area. However, due to the current drawing the fish, you run a high risk of snagging the walleye when they swim into the hook and get caught, which is illegal. Release any fish caught on a snag.
Step 4
Use crankbaits and jigs frequently. Stick primarily to jigs in the winter. In the spring, summer and fall, use crankbaits of ascending size, to match both the size of the walleye and the relative size of the crankbaits to what they are trying to imitate.
Step 5
Fish with live bait whenever possible. Prawn and other crustaceans are among the favorite foods of walleye. Minnows and sometimes worms are also effective.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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