Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Charters

Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Charters

Top Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Destinations

Best Walleye Fishing Charters in Mississippi River

Mississippi River: 10 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(194 reviews)
Duluth
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Duluth
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trips from $575
Lake City
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trips from $450
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Walleye Fishing in Mississippi River

Walleye
  • Size 1 to 10 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats River, Lake

(Stizostedion vitreum)

Mississippi River Walleye fishing has everything an avid freshwater angler needs – both quantity and quality of fish, countless spots to explore, and year-round accessibility. The Upper Mississippi is a sportfishing paradise and Walleye chasers from all over the country are happy to cast their line in these murky waters.
 

What to Expect

It’s hardly a surprise that fishing in Minnesota is all about the Walleye, both because it’s such a tasty fish and a fierce fighter. These fun-to-catch fellas have been the state’s fish for more than 50 years, and there’s no better place to target them than the Upper Mississippi River.
 
Walleye love to move around a lot, especially during their spring spawning season. This is when they’re particularly abundant and can grow to up to 30 inches long. You can find them in shallow waters where the bottom is muddy and there’s lots of submerged foliage. You’ll often find Sauger in the vicinity, too.
 
As the temperatures rise in the summer, Walleye will disperse, and at that time, the best places to look for them are current breaks and around dams. A good rule of thumb is to fish a spot for Walleye for about 20 minutes, and if you don’t get a bite, move on to the next one. They move in schools, so when you do hear that reel scream, chances are you’ll catch a fair few in a matter of minutes.
 
If you want to experience some of the best of Walleye fishing in fall, the river bends and deeper waters of Iowa are a great place to start. To be most productive, fish at the time of day when visibility is reduced – sunrise, sunset, evening hours, and cloudy days are your best bet. In the winter, ice fishing for Walleye is an option, and an excellent chance to try out something new.
 
One of the spots you simply shouldn’t miss out on if you’re looking for a superb Walleye catch-and-release fishery is  Pool 2 in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. This is where you come to catch trophy-size Walleye and Sauger, and admire the nature of Minnesota, while you’re at it.
 

How to Prepare

If Mississippi River Walleye fishing sounds appealing to you, then the best way to go around it is to book a fishing charter and leave everything in the capable hands of your captain. Take care of your fishing license, drinks, food, and warm clothes if you’re coming in late fall.
 
After that, all you have to do is jump aboard and discover just how bountiful the Walleye bite is on the mighty Mississippi!

Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Walleye fishing in Mississippi River varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April. Low season is June to September. There is no closed season.
Mississippi River
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,578 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Walleye Fishing in Mississippi River

We come from the upper Midwest so we had no idea how to approach the Chauvin area in terms of fishing. Using a charter made all the difference.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We come from the upper Midwest so we had no idea how to approach the Chauvin area in terms of fishing. Using a charter made all the difference.
Jim  B.
Jim B. Eau Claire, WI
Be prepared for fun while fish with Cpt Mike. He knows the waters and scouts to make sure you get to catch what you. Remember it's not the ocean. Different areas.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared for fun while fish with Cpt Mike. He knows the waters and scouts to make sure you get to catch what you. Remember it's not the ocean. Different areas.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Peoria, AZ
Yes. This is our third charter trip on the Great Lakes and the best crew (Captain Jamie and Graham) by miles. I would 100% recommend this boat and crew to anyone looking for an engaged and professional fishing charter. Hands down a Terrific Crew, Boat, and experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. This is our third charter trip on the Great Lakes and the best crew (Captain Jamie and Graham) by miles. I would 100% recommend this boat and crew to anyone looking for an engaged and professional fishing charter. Hands down a Terrific Crew, Boat, and experience!
Jonathan  A.
Jonathan A. Granby, Connecticut
Get out early in AM and Take your fresh catch straight to Steve's Marina Restaurant... where they will cook it up for you in a variety of ways...for a fresh fish dinning experience like no other!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out early in AM and Take your fresh catch straight to Steve's Marina Restaurant... where they will cook it up for you in a variety of ways...for a fresh fish dinning experience like no other!
James  M.
James M. White Plains, Maryland
Mr. Frank and Mitchell were awesome. The teamwork between them was on point. They made this a wonderful fishing experience. Everything was Outstanding!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mr. Frank and Mitchell were awesome. The teamwork between them was on point. They made this a wonderful fishing experience. Everything was Outstanding!
Adrian  M.
Adrian M. DeRidder, LA
Even though we did not catch any keepable fish, we had so much fun. Captain Mark was knowledgable and helpful. Great time was had by all.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even though we did not catch any keepable fish, we had so much fun. Captain Mark was knowledgable and helpful. Great time was had by all.
Rosemarie  T.
Rosemarie T. Chino Valley, AZ
The bite was great, but the fish were all pretty small. It was a great time catching the fish, we just didn't get to keep many.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
The bite was great, but the fish were all pretty small. It was a great time catching the fish, we just didn't get to keep many.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Harrison, OH
Pick a qualified Captain who is knowledgeable and attentive- captain Bryan (sting ray)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick a qualified Captain who is knowledgeable and attentive- captain Bryan (sting ray)
Joy  M.
Joy M. Lafayette, LA
Due to the high winds, we wasn't able to go Snapper fishing but Captain Brandon and Brandon made sure we caught fish. Highly recommend Shearwater. This was our 5th trip and we are planning a 6th trip with Captain Brandon and the Shearwater...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Due to the high winds, we wasn't able to go Snapper fishing but Captain Brandon and Brandon made sure we caught fish. Highly recommend Shearwater. This was our 5th trip and we are planning a 6th trip with Captain Brandon and the Shearwater...
Billy  W.
Billy W. Montgomery, AL
I would recommend to relax and expect to have a great day on the lake fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend to relax and expect to have a great day on the lake fishing.
Donald  R.
Donald R. Palos Heights, IL
We were fishing just to catch fish. We caught a lot of catfish, a few croaker and one nice redfish. Our fishing experience was excellent! Next time we’ll fish for gamefish only. ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were fishing just to catch fish. We caught a lot of catfish, a few croaker and one nice redfish. Our fishing experience was excellent! Next time we’ll fish for gamefish only. ?
Tim  M.
Tim M. Odessa, TX
Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
Vincent  M.
Vincent M. Humble, TX
I would recommend Fred Mooney as a good fishing guide. He seemed to know the area well. After the Strom's late last night. We where able to still catch a nice mess of fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend Fred Mooney as a good fishing guide. He seemed to know the area well. After the Strom's late last night. We where able to still catch a nice mess of fish.
Jason  C.
Jason C. Danville, IL
Great area to fish for a wide variety of fish in shore or off shore. Check what fish are in season when you plan on visiting then pick your charter based on that.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great area to fish for a wide variety of fish in shore or off shore. Check what fish are in season when you plan on visiting then pick your charter based on that.
Dave  B.
Dave B. Littleton, CO
Offshore in a boat this small is not for a newbie. We had two newbie friends with us and they are proud of the bragging rights they earned. Definitely a trip for fishermen who will brave rough conditions to get the best memories and fish. If ins one. You will have many tales to tell. PS- one of our newbies caught the biggest Red Snapper
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Offshore in a boat this small is not for a newbie. We had two newbie friends with us and they are proud of the bragging rights they earned. Definitely a trip for fishermen who will brave rough conditions to get the best memories and fish. If ins one. You will have many tales to tell. PS- one of our newbies caught the biggest Red Snapper
William  O.
William O. United States
Have reasonable expectations wherever you fish. It's called fishing, not catching. We caught plenty!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have reasonable expectations wherever you fish. It's called fishing, not catching. We caught plenty!
Ramon  H.
Ramon H. New Orleans, Louisiana
STOP LOOKING AND START BOOKING !!! THIS IS A MEMORY NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
STOP LOOKING AND START BOOKING !!! THIS IS A MEMORY NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN !!
TRACY  W.
TRACY W. Memphis, TN
As with any time of the year, great fishing on the Coast depends a lot on the weather conditions. Some months better than others but there are always plenty of fish to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As with any time of the year, great fishing on the Coast depends a lot on the weather conditions. Some months better than others but there are always plenty of fish to catch.
Elizabeth  S.
Elizabeth S. Linden, PA
Rend lake is huge! Only saw a small portion, but was not disappointed. Had a great guide! Fred with Full Moon Fishing Service was knowledgeable and friendly. Look forward to many more trips with his company ??❤️
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rend lake is huge! Only saw a small portion, but was not disappointed. Had a great guide! Fred with Full Moon Fishing Service was knowledgeable and friendly. Look forward to many more trips with his company ??❤️
Tosha  V.
Tosha V. Monticello, IL
It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Sheila  J.
Sheila J. Duluth, MN

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