Top Ten Walleye Lakes in the USA

  • Profile photo of wade_kuehlwade_kuehl
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    Northwest Iowa
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    #1247026

    I’m trying to put together a list of the top 50 walleye lakes in the USA. I thought asking for your top 50 was a little excessive so I went with 10. So, what do you think are the top walleye lakes in the USA? Thanks to all willing to share…

    avatarsuperdave
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    NE IA
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    #373067

    1. Mississippi River

    lol, I had to Wade.

    My vote has to be for Erie.

    Profile photo of derek_johnstonderek_johnston
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    On the water- Minnesota
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    #373075

    No particular order.

    1. Erie

    2. Devils

    3. Bull Shoals

    4. Mille lacs

    5. Upper Red (future top 10)

    6. LOTW

    7. Oahe

    8. Fort Peck

    9. Lake Sharpe

    10. Winni

    Profile photo of John SchultzJohn Schultz
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    Portage, WI
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    #373078

    Since I live in Wisconsin, my personal favorites are all Wisconsin lakes. In no order:

    Winnebago
    Mendota
    Wisconsin
    Koshkonong
    Trout
    Tomahawk
    Green Bay
    Poygan
    Castle Rock

    avatarwhere the eyes
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    #373080

    I used to visit juds resort backin the day and do very well. So my vote goes to Winnie.

    avatarPig-hunter
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    Southern Minnesota
    Posts: 484
    #373092

    1. Lake of the Woods
    2. Mille Lacs
    3. Winnie
    4. Bay de Noc
    5. Erie
    6. Mississippi River
    7. Devils Lake
    8. Waubay/Glacial Lakes
    9. Fort Peck
    10. Winnebago

    Profile photo of nubbinbucknubbinbuck
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    #373107

    I definitely think you need to squeeze the 2 Bay de Nocs and Green Bay in there somewhere. Kind of a tough list to make, eh ?

    avatarWilleye
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    La Crosse, WI
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    #373112

    In no particular order…

    Oahe
    Sakakawea
    Erie
    Mille Lacs
    Devils Lake (ND)
    Pepin
    Lake of the Woods
    Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan
    Leech
    Sharpe

    I’m sure I’m missing some great walleye water in the southern part of the country.

    avatarscottsteil
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    Central MN
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    #373144

    Erie
    Green Bay
    Devils Lake
    Mille Lacs
    LOTW
    Oahe
    Sakakawea
    Bay De Noc
    Winnie
    Pepin

    avatarwhere the eyes
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    #373207

    I am really surprised to not see Columbia river. I have heard the next world record will probably come out of there

    Profile photo of derek_johnstonderek_johnston
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    #373212

    That river is probably the best, but I think Wade was looking for lakes only??

    Profile photo of wade_kuehlwade_kuehl
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    Northwest Iowa
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    #373260

    Rivers are okay too. I’m looking for the best walleye waters in the USA (but my primary focus would be lakes). I’d like to eventually get a more regionalized perspective. I may have to break it down to the top 8-10 walleye waters in each region (maybe I should use the college football conferences as my regional boundaries, or something that’s similar). I know of several very good lakes in Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas that aren’t getting much mention but I expect to see more MN,WI waters listed here at IDA. I’ve also seen the pics of those big girls from out in Washington state! There’s a nice eye or two out there…

    Keep ‘em coming. Thanks!

    Profile photo of eyejackereyejacker
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    Hudson, Wisconsin
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    #373275

    I did not see the Columbia River (WA) listed or did I miss it?

    Profile photo of drewsdaddrewsdad
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    Minot, ND
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    #373384

    I’ll just stick with lakes/rivers I’ve fished in no order:
    LOTW
    Sakakawea
    Mille Lacs
    Winnie
    Pepin
    Mississippi
    Rainy River
    Leech (used to be great)
    Minnetonka (I’ve caught a lot of nice ‘eyes in Tonka)
    And a little lake in the BWCA that is unbelievable!

    dd

    avatarbam_bam
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    Badger, MN- not too far from the big pond!
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    #373388

    Lake of the woods
    mille lacs
    tonka
    devils
    Rainy River
    warroad/roseau river-believe it or not!
    Red Lake
    bay de noc (spelling?)-I’ve only fished once, but MAN for the fish
    Leech
    I’d also like to mention that there’s some awesome fishing on the boundry waters, and there are some phenominal fishing just north of the border in ontario and manitoba

    Profile photo of redneckjrredneckjr
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    Rosemount, MN
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    #373399

    Oahe
    Mississippi
    sharp
    Their the only ones I’ve fished.

    Profile photo of kurt-turnerkurt-turner
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    Southeast MN
    Posts: 692
    #373666

    Erie
    LOTW
    Mille Lacs
    Devils Lake
    Winni
    Upper Red (and I was crappie fishing, promise)
    Pepin
    Oahe
    Green Bay
    Saginaw Bay

    Profile photo of bill_cadwellbill_cadwell
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    Rochester, Minnesota
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    #373669

    Quote:


    Erie
    Green Bay
    Devils Lake
    Mille Lacs
    LOTW
    Oahe
    Sakakawea
    Bay De Noc
    Winnie
    Pepin


    I have to agree with Scott. Great lakes from what I have heard.
    Thanks, Bill

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