Fishing Poles for Targeting Walleye: A Selection Guide

For anglers looking to catch walleye, choosing the right fishing pole can make a huge difference. Walleye are known to be finicky and sometimes difficult to catch, making the right rod essential for any successful outing.

Generally speaking, the best fishing rods for walleye are those that are lightweight and sensitive. Walleye are often found in deeper water, so having a rod that can detect even the slightest nibble is key. A medium-light action spinning rod with a length between six and seven feet is ideal for this type of fishing. This type of rod will provide enough power to reel in a large walleye, while still having enough flexibility for precision casting. It’s also important to choose a rod with some backbone to it; walleye can be quite powerful when hooked.

When it comes to choosing the right reel for catching walleyes, there are several factors to consider.

The most important is line capacity; look for a reel that has enough room for at least 20 yards of line plus your leader material. A low-geared reel is also recommended; these reels have slower retrieve speeds that help ensure you get full control over your lure or bait as you’re reeling it in.

Finally, when selecting your line and leader material, opt for lighter weights and materials such as monofilament or fluorocarbon. Lighter lines help increase sensitivity while also providing plenty of strength should you hook into a larger fish. Monofilament also offers better stretch than fluorocarbon which helps keep your hooks set during aggressive fights.


For anglers looking to catch walleye, having the right fishing pole makes all the difference. The best fishing poles should be lightweight and sensitive with medium-light action, and between six and seven feet in length; they should have some backbone as well so they can handle bigger fish when necessary. Reels should have plenty of line capacity and should be low-geared so you have full control over your lure or bait as it’s being reeled in. Finally, lighter lines like monofilament or fluorocarbon help increase sensitivity while still providing plenty of strength.

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Daniel Bennet