Residents of Lindy Land are blessed with a bounty of the best walleye fisheries in the world. This midsection of the Walleye Belt can’t be matched for trophies and shore-lunch eaters.

If there’s a downside, it’s that there are too many choices. So much water, so little time.

There are three bodies of water that every Lindy Lander must visit on a regular basis, though, especially during summer. The first is North Dakota’s Devils Lake.

devilslakeDevils Lake, North Dakota


World-renowned for producing gigantic yellow perch, this sprawling High Plains paradise is also home to an extremely healthy walleye population that fuels year-round fishing adventures.

Thanks to stellar year classes, the sheer number of ’eyes in the 15- to 20-inch range is well above long-term averages, and larger fish are possible on any given cast or trolling pass.

Veteran guide Jason Feldner of Perch-Eyes Outfitters keeps clients hooked up summer and winter. Early in the open-water season, he often casts Lindy Jigs tipped with leeches to prespawn walleyes gathered in current around necked-down bridge areas and culverts.

“A Floating Lindy Rig and a leech is a great complement to jigging,” he adds.

Later, a variety of patterns emerge, including bobber fishing walleyes around cattails and flooded timber.

“Fish a 1/16-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a leech beneath a Thill Pro Series Slip Float,” he advises. “The same setup also works on main-lake humps on calmer days, too, with the leech riding about 8 inches off bottom.”

Trolling is another top option. Feldner favors pulling Lindy Crawler Harnesses and River Rockers in 8 to 12 feet of water along wind-swept shorelines, though he also pitches Lindy Jigs tipped with soft-plastic trailers into 2 to 3 feet of water tighter to the same windy banks.

Walleye action continues throughout the winter months. One of Feldner’s favorite areas is the first break along old shorelines in 8 to 12 feet of water, but he also frequents the high points of mid-lake humps. His top hardwater walleye weapons include a 2-inch perch or red-glow Lindy Darter and similarly colored ¼-ounce Lindy Rattl’n Flyer Spoon.