Over the past 30 years Walleye Boat designs have become increasingly specialized while walleye fishing grounds have spread out across the country. As a result, today’s walleye anglers want and need a fishing boat to pursue their prey everywhere from small rivers, to large reservoirs, to the Great Lakes. Their deep-V aluminum boats must have high freeboard to handle big water and a versatile layout that accommodates trolling, backtrolling, drifting and casting or vertical jigging from the front platform. Your local Lowe Boats dealer can help you find and select the proper walleye boat for your individual needs.
Whether it’s a basic 16-foot, tiller outboard-powered fishing machine with a 25-hp motor or a tournament-level 20-footer pushed by a 150-hp outboard, ideal walleye boats feature ample storage for gear and rods, one to three electronics stations and are ready to incorporate electric trolling motors front and back. Many walleye boats are also designed to mount a small gas “kicker” outboard on the transom in addition to the main power.
So, while today’s walleye boat offering is many and varied there are several design constants. Here’s a look at the most notable features from bow to stern: