With Oregon and Washington state walleye records weighing in at over 18 and 19 pounds, it’s not hard to believe what many people say – the next world record walleye will be coming out of the Columbia River system. Though fishing for walleye can be done all year round, here in the Lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers around Portland, Oregon, walleye fishing is best in the summer months starting late June and right on through September,
Trolling crank baits or night crawlers on worm harnesses in 10-30 feet of water is usually the best way to find Walleye. Once we find them, it’s time to switch up to jigs and blade baits and work the area for more. Round head jigs with a night crawler or curly tail grub often result in some of the best Walleye action. Swim baits can also be jigged effectively, and make a great bait for larger walleye.
Walleye make excellent table fare, and many will claim that they’re the best eating fish. We might argue that some of our more popular native fish are a bit better though. These toothy predators can be elusive and shy on one day, and aggressive feeders the next. Walleye are fun to fish on light tackle.