Walleye Fishing

 

Twin Falls Lodge and the Churchill River are renowned for their excellent walleye fishing!

Walleye are a moderately large and full-bodied fish species. As in all members of the perch family, Walleye have two dorsal fins with the first being spiny-rayed and the second, soft-rayed. Their eyes possess a silvery reflective quality making them appear blind or ‘wall-eyed’. These specially adapted eyes enable them to prey in low light conditions. Typical sizes range from 0.5 to 2 kg, but fish over 5 kg are not uncommon.

Walleye tend to favor depth areas of around 15 meters, typically ranging in the near-shore shallows during light conditions. Walleye spawn annually in May within the moderately flowing areas of gravel and cobble-lined streams, or over coarse gravel shoals within lakes.  Walleye tend to feed most aggressively during the dwindling light conditions of dawn and dusk. During these periods of the day, walleye have a distinct feeding advantage over their prey due to their highly developed vision. Walleye forage on other fish, and the yellow perch is an important prey species of many walleye populations.

The Twin Falls, Robertson Falls and Phillips Falls are located only 3 miles from the resort. These waterfalls are natural spawning and feeding grounds for Walleye. An average walleye catch at Twin Falls Lodge is 2 to 3 lbs, and the resort record for walleye is 8 1/2 lbs. With the cold water in the Churchill River system a 3 lb walleye is 10 to 12 years old.


Suggested Tackle for Walleye Fishing

We encourage anglers to use 6 to 6 ½ ft. medium action rods, with 8 lb. fishing line. For a fun adventure, ultra light rods and reels are a lot of fun for walleye fishing.
 
For tackle we suggest using 3/8 oz. lead heads with minnows or 3" to 4" plastic tails in yellow, chartreuse or white.


Where Can I Fish for Walleye?

Walleye can be found in following Twin Falls destinations:


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