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Fishing in Alabama: Walleye

Fishing in Alabama: Walleye

Oddly for a cool water fish, the Walleye is very common in Alabama. There are two subspecies of this fish to be found in the state, and the Walleye can be seen in all of the large rivers in Alabama. The world record for the Walleye is 25 lbs – 0 oz, while the state record in Alabama is 10 lbs – 14 oz.

If you want to go Walleye fishing in Alabama during the springtime, it is important to know that this is the period during which the fish will be spawning. Therefore they will be less common in the larger lakes, as they tend to migrate upstream in order to spawn. If you wish to fish for Walleye in Alabama while they are spawning, it is best to fish near deep drop-offs.  However during this period, Walleye may also be found in shoals or shallow bars that are close to deep water and have clean bottom surfaces.

As mentioned above, there are two strains of Walleye to be found in Alabama. The northern strain is most common in the Tennessee River, while the southern strain is mostly based around the Mobile Delta (the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigwee Rivers), and its tributaries. Some of the best rivers on which to fish Walleye are North River (Tuscaloosa County), Weogufka and Hatchet creeks (Lake Mitchell), the Tallapoosa River, the Cahaba River and Oakmulgee Creek (Perry County).

Some of the best lakes for Walleye fishing in Alabama are West Point Lake, Lake Harding, Guntersville Lake, Lake Eufaula, Logan Martin Lake, Wheeler Lake, Lake Tuscaloosa, Harris Lake (aka Lake Wedowee), Dannelly Reservoir, Pickwick Lake, Lake Weiss, Lake Woodruff and Wilson Lake.

During the summer, the best time of day to go Walleye fishing in Alabama is at night, as these fish prefer cooler temperatures. Between sunset and midnight is the optimum time to fish for Walleye in Alabama during hot weather.