Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Charters

Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Charters

Top Mississippi River Walleye Fishing Destinations

Best Walleye Fishing Charters in Mississippi River

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
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,570 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Walleye Fishing in Mississippi River

My recommendation is simply to call Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters. They will take care of you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendation is simply to call Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters. They will take care of you!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Find a guide that understands your level of experience and works with you for your best outcome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a guide that understands your level of experience and works with you for your best outcome.
Captain Frenchy
Captain Frenchy
Get a good captain with good reviews. Knowledge and professionalism matter. Even if you don’t catch as much as you want, a good ship and crew make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a good captain with good reviews. Knowledge and professionalism matter. Even if you don’t catch as much as you want, a good ship and crew make or break your trip.
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Make sure you know where you are going or be sure to get a guide like Bayou charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know where you are going or be sure to get a guide like Bayou charters.
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Yes, most definitely was a great time. As long as it doesn’t rain or bad weather show up you’re OK.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, most definitely was a great time. As long as it doesn’t rain or bad weather show up you’re OK.
Full Moon Fishing Service–Rend Lake
Full Moon Fishing Service–Rend Lake
Experience was great but will try to book on a not so windy day in the future.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience was great but will try to book on a not so windy day in the future.
Let's Go Fishing Charter And Guide
Let's Go Fishing Charter And Guide
The offshore fishing has less quantities of fish but BIGGER fish and that is what we got!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The offshore fishing has less quantities of fish but BIGGER fish and that is what we got!
High Times Charters
High Times Charters
This was our first time, and it was well worth it. Great spots, great fish, all inclusive, WAY better than any French Quarters tour!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time, and it was well worth it. Great spots, great fish, all inclusive, WAY better than any French Quarters tour!!!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
It can be a little chilly but a fun spring break family activity. The first mate was extremely helpful especially to the kids and cleaned our fish that we cooked back at the Air bnb - they were great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can be a little chilly but a fun spring break family activity. The first mate was extremely helpful especially to the kids and cleaned our fish that we cooked back at the Air bnb - they were great!
PrimeTyme Charters, Inc.
PrimeTyme Charters, Inc. Biloxi, Mississippi
Stay at the Grand Isle Marina Hotel! Book an inshore trip with Southern Anlers charters! Bring beer and sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay at the Grand Isle Marina Hotel! Book an inshore trip with Southern Anlers charters! Bring beer and sunscreen!
Southern Angler Fishing Charters – 22'
Southern Angler Fishing Charters – 22'
Listen to the captain. Captain Clinton knew where to fish, how to fish the spot, and how to read the water for the best chance.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain. Captain Clinton knew where to fish, how to fish the spot, and how to read the water for the best chance.
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
The weather was brisk and the wind was stronger than most but we still caught pan fryers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather was brisk and the wind was stronger than most but we still caught pan fryers.
Impulsive Charters
Impulsive Charters
Pick the right size boat for your party and what you want to catch. Salinity was the right size for 2 ppl and we were able to fish close to structures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick the right size boat for your party and what you want to catch. Salinity was the right size for 2 ppl and we were able to fish close to structures.
Salinity Matters Charters
Salinity Matters Charters
It was a little chilly and windy but Captain Sonny was an expert in keeping us out of the majority of the wind so that we were able to catch fish! We had so much fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little chilly and windy but Captain Sonny was an expert in keeping us out of the majority of the wind so that we were able to catch fish! We had so much fun!
Salinity Matters Charters
Salinity Matters Charters
Get a local guide like Rich at Blue Line Charters to take you out and put you on fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a local guide like Rich at Blue Line Charters to take you out and put you on fish.
Blue Line Charter Service
Blue Line Charter Service
When fishing in March be prepared for cooler weather than reported in the weather app.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
When fishing in March be prepared for cooler weather than reported in the weather app.
Bayou Bowfishing Charters
Bayou Bowfishing Charters
Book with Speck dat Charters! Captain Brad will put you in the fish and take care of you!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Speck dat Charters! Captain Brad will put you in the fish and take care of you!!!
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Venice is not your typical family tourist stop. Lodging and food options are minimal. One of my favorite places because of this but, prepare accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Venice is not your typical family tourist stop. Lodging and food options are minimal. One of my favorite places because of this but, prepare accordingly.
Louisiana Lagniappe Charters
Louisiana Lagniappe Charters
We were first time anglers and they taught us what to expect. The fishing will be much better in May as the water warms up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were first time anglers and they taught us what to expect. The fishing will be much better in May as the water warms up!
9-Ball Fishing Charters
9-Ball Fishing Charters
Charter a boat if you aren’t experienced and let them show you the way it’s done!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a boat if you aren’t experienced and let them show you the way it’s done!
Reel Therapy Fishing Charters
Reel Therapy Fishing Charters

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