Chautauqua Lake New York This 13,000-acre lake was first juiced with walleye plants at the turn of the last century and was boosted by record spawns in the '90s. The deeper, clearer north half of the lake is more conducive to bottom bouncing and open-water trolling; the southern half, more suited to shallow-water jigging with plastics. Worthwhile checking are Warners Bar, Long Point, and Predergast Point. Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, 800-242-4569; M&M; Sports Den, 716-664-5400.
Lake Erie Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York It's estimated that half the walleyes in North America reside in Lake Erie. The majority of them begin a counterclockwise circumnavigation of the inland sea with the start of summer. Even so, the Western Basin, around the Bass Islands in western Ohio, continues to give up big numbers of walleyes year-round to open-water trollers. Go with spinners and crankbaits (high-action Storm Hot 'N Tots, Storm Deep ThunderSticks) for suspended fish. Farther east, from Cleveland into the waters of western New York, pick off the deeper, migratory schools with lead-core line. Ottawa County Visitors Bureau (Port Clinton, Ohio), 800-441-1271; Lorain County Visitors Bureau (Lorain, Ohio), 800-334-1673; Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau (Dunkirk, New York), 800-242-4569.
Leech Lake Minnesota Resting in Minnesota's Northwoods, Leech Lake encompasses 100,000 acres. You'll find the fish in a variety of habitats, from shallow sandgrass and emerging cabbage weeds to rock humps and shoreline points sliding into the depths. Tip: Leech kicks tail on the windy side of the lake, where waves disorient baitfish and put walleyes on the feed. Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 218-547-1313; Reed's Tackle, 218-547-1505.
Lake Sharpe South Dakota With 80 miles of Missouri River impoundment between the Oahe Dam and Fort Thompson, Sharpe is packed to the gills with walleyes. Eighty-fish days don't even warrant chest thumping, but few fish exceed 20 inches. Hit the upstream side of points near the creek channel, where Berkley Power Minnows produce big time. Other patterns: trolling the bluffs with shad baits and pulling bottom bouncers and spinners downstream slighy faster than current speed. Pierre Chamber of Commerce, 800-962-2034; South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, 605-773-3381.
Lake Winnebago Wisconsin Opportunity knocks everywhere on central Wisconsin's enormous Winnebago, a system that includes the eponymous lake and upriver waters of Lakes Poygan, Winneconne, and Butte des Morts. The deepest, 'Bago itself, bottoms out at 22 feet. Local anglers troll crankbaits behind boards over the mudflats. In the shallows of Poygan and Butte des Morts, pull shad-shaped crankbaits (blue holographic No. 5 Rapala Shad Raps imitate juvenile sheepshead) in 6 feet of water, or poke around in a foot or two of water on the fringe of cane beds with jigs and plastics or live bait. Oshkosh Convention Bureau, 877-303-9200; Pioneer Resort & Marina, 800-683-1980.