Contact(s): Local fisheries biologists
MADISON - Anglers in Wisconsin will likely find far more walleye waters to fish than they'll have time to visit in 2018.
"Walleye are found naturally in our larger lakes and rivers and Wisconsin represents the heart of North American walleye distribution," says Justine Hasz, Wisconsin's Fisheries Director.
"Larger lakes all over Wisconsin, especially in northern Wisconsin, provide great walleye fishing and the same is true for our major rivers, from the Mississippi to the Wisconsin to the Wolf and Fox river systems."
About half of Wisconsin's 1,000 lakes with walleye sustain their populations through natural reproduction. These waters do not need to be stocked and produce walleye populations that are 3 to 10 times higher than waters that are stocked at even the highest levels.
This year anglers will have more walleye fishing opportunities thanks to Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which seeks to stock larger extended growth fingerling walleye in some lakes to jumpstart natural reproduction and in others to enhance fishing in waters that have long relied on stocking for walleye fishing opportunities.
More than 1.275 million extended growth walleye fingerlings were stocked in 2013 and 2014 under the initiative and should be catchable size now. "Weather permitting, anglers fishing these waters should be landing more of these fish and we're happy to provide these extra fishing opportunities."
Learn more about "Walleye and Wisconsin [PDF]" in this special 2015 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine issue.
Try these resources to find a walleye water to fish in 2018: