If you’re visiting from out of state, you’ll need to know one thing about the walleye: it’s the Minnesota state fish, and we love to see it land in our boats and on our dinner plates.
Walleye tend to be easiest to catch in low light situations, as well as when the winds are up between 5-15 mph, called walleye chop. This is because they have excellent low-light vision, giving them an advantage over competitors in these situations.
With walleye chop, you’ll notice the walleye coming out to feed due to the wind stirring up the water, causing oxygen to get mixed into the lake and bait fish to get stirred up and disoriented, making for easier feeding for the walleye. You’ll find them closer to shore at this time, possibly between weed beds and the shore in shallower areas.
On a calm day, you’ll be most likely to find walleye in deeper water on Pelican Lake, off of points and reefs.
Night fishing with live minnows and lures that mimic small fish can also be effective.
The most recent DNR survey of walleye in 2016 shows an average weight of about two pounds, and their numbers were the highest ever observed on Pelican Lake! There is a possession limit of 6 set on walleye, and you can only keep one over 20”.