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Minnesota walleye fishing is among the most popular attractions in the state. Here are tips on how to fish for walleye including winter ice fishing walleye ideas. If you are looking for a great walleye recipe, we have that as well.

Minnesota Walleye Fishing

Four million pounds of walleye are fished out of Minnesota lakes every year.

That makes for a lot of walleye fillets and plates full of our favorite walleye recipes.

Walleye is a favorite, white meat, choice for many of us.

While many "keepable" walleye only weigh a couple of pounds, the state record walleye weighed in at more than seventeen pounds. It was caught in the Seagull River.

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Minnesota Walleye Fishing Lakes

Almost any lake in the state that supports fishing will be a walleye fishing lake however the big lakes like Lake of The Woods, Winnibigoshish, Big Cass Lake, Mille Lacs, Kabetegoma, and Lake Vermilion offer legendary walleye fishing. You will find fishing resorts on most of these lakes. You can also camp at a state park near your favorite walleye fishing spot.

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Zippel Bay State Park is on Lake of the Woods; Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is on the shore of Lake Mille Lacs, and Lake Vermilion State Park is on, of course, the shore of Lake Vermilion.

Fishing can be a part of your experience in almost every Minnesota State Park.

Lake Superior has not historically been thought to be a walleye fishing lake however with recent warming trends, the walleye population has expanded and offers a new experience for those who love the "big lake."

You can check fishing conditions and possibilities for  Lake Superior walleye fishing with these Lake Superior Fishing Charters.

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Walleye Wisdom: An In-Fisherman Handbook of Strategies is a detailed guide to how to fish for walleye in Minnesota.

Fishing the Boundary Waters for Walleye

Walleye seem to like the cool conditions in the Boundary Waters during May and June. You are likely to find them in shallower water and hungry after spawning. In late summer you will have to go to deeper water to get a walleye on your hook. 

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Walleye Recipe

The tasty result of Minnesota walleye fishing is, of course, a pan full of fish for dinner. Here is the most basic walleye recipe:

Walleye Recipe

Pan Fried Walleye

Cooking time: 30 min

2 servings


  • 2 medium to large walleye fillets 
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced


Heat a heavy pan over medium high heat.

Season fish with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge fish in flour and shake off excess. When pan is hot, add Canola oil and 1 tablespoon butter. As soon as foaming subsides, place fish in pan. Shake the pan gently for the first 10 seconds of frying time to keep the fish from sticking. Cook until a golden crust forms on the fish.

Carefully turn the walleye fillets and again shake the pan gently for a few seconds. Fry until the crust turns golden brown. Remove to a warm plate.

Pour out the cooking fat. Melt the remaining butter in warm pan. Turn off heat, add the lemon juice, drizzle over walleye fillets and serve.

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