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Winter Walleye Movements

Winter Walleye

  • Despite having a slower metabolism, walleyes still feed throughout the winter.
  • During the winter, walleye eat less than 1% of their body weight as compared to the summer when they eat approximately 3%.
  • Walleye generally feed around sunrise and sunset during the winter and particularly in clear water.
  • Sometimes walleye establish a smaller home-range during the winter, usually only a fraction of the size of their summer range.
  • On smaller lakes walleye generally stay close to most traditional structures such as steep-breaking humps, deeper portions of long points and deep saddles.
  • At late-ice, the walleye move shallower, often closer to areas where spawning will take place.