Pennsylvania Walleye Fishing

by : Daniel Eggertsen

There are many major lakes and reservoirs found in Pennsylvania that are great for walleye fishing. This species of fish is very popular with anglers everywhere as they can be extremely challenging and their flaky white flesh is very tasty. Normally, the walleye is a cautious species that will stay in deeper water for protection as it makes them feel safer. When fishing for walleye in Pennsylvania you will have the best results if you go between sunset and midnight. This is especially true if you are fishing in the heat of the summer.

There are many places where you can go fishing for walleye in Pennsylvania so you will not have any trouble finding a great place to throw in your line.

Here is a list of lakes and reservoirs located in Pennsylvania where you can find walleyes:

You will find the walleye located mostly in the deep lakes that have sandy or rocky bottoms. They tend to thrive better in the cold water but they can be found in some of the warmer water as well. Like other species the walleye spawn in the spring time so they are more plentiful during this season and easier to find. If possible the walleye will move out of the lake and go to the feeder streams to get ready to spawn. However, not all of the walleye will be able to do this and so the ones that cannot will migrate to the shoals or shallow bars where there are fairly clean bottoms.

Bait Used to Catch Walleye in Pennsylvania

The walleye is not a very picky eater and will usually eat anything that it can catch and get in its mouth. As the walleye matures their favorite food is other smaller fish. When they are still young they feed off of plankton and then move up to small insects, worms and minnows.

When Pennsylvanian worms
Live bait

It never hurts to experiment a little and try out different types of bait to see which one provides the best results. The walleye may be attracted to one type of bait one day and completely reject it another. As a rule using the bait that resembles the natural food source for the time of year will work the best.

Techniques for Catching Walleye in Pennsylvania

Normally, the best time to catch walleye is when it is dark or cloudy so night time fishing is recommended. One reason for this is because they have great eyesight in the dark and therefore feed the most during these times. When the wind is blowing enough to make waves the light cannot penetrate the water as easily and so this is also a good time to go walleye fishing.

Some of the best techniques to use are trolling, jigging, and casting. Trolling and jigging will allow you to place the bait in the most productive spot where you can catch the most fish, which would be right in the middle of the school of walleyes.