Where to Find Walleye in Stardew Valley

Know about the best weather, season and location to catch the Walleye fish.

Tried to find a Walleye in Stardew Valley but didn’t end up spotting it? This guide will come to the rescue. There are a few specific things you need to know before you can catch this fish like its location, other random places to find it, and the weather, time, seasonal conditions. Get all the details below.

Where can I find Walleye in Stardew Valley?

The Walleye fish can be found in the river in Pelican Town or Cindersap Forest, as well as the Mountain Lake, the pond in the Cindersap Forest. But you have to ensure that the season is Fall, the weather is rainy and the time is between 12 pm to 2 am.

Your best bet is the Cindersap Forest pond because you have a 32% chance to catch a Walleye if it’s raining.

catching walleye in rainy fall
Catching Walleye in rainy weather / Image source: Waifu Simulator 27 on Youtube

Another time to catch Walleye is during Winter which is when you can check Garbage Cans to find them or spend some Gold at the Traveling Cart if you’re willing to spend money. You can also scour through the Garbage Cans during Fall but finding a Walleye through this method is rarer.

If it’s Winter right now, you can use a Rain Totem to catch a Walleye. A Rain Totem is a crafted item that will set the weather for the next day to be rainy. The crafting recipe for this will be available when you’re at Foraging level 9 and the ingredients you need are x1 Hardwood, x1 Truffle Oil, and x5 Pine Tar. You can also find them in treasure rooms in the Skull Cavern if you are lucky.

If you opted for the Riverland Farm or Forest Farm at the start of the game, you’ll have the convenience of fishing for walleye in your own farm pond during Fall.

How to Catch Walleye in SDV?

You can catch the Walleye fish using Magic Bait which means you can get any fish regardless of season, weather, or time. But if you don’t want to do that, using a better quality fishing rod will improve your success rate and a Night fishing bait will also come in handy.

Recipes that Use Walleye

Here are the recipes where you can use Walleye as an ingredient.

  • Maki Roll: Any Fish x1, Seaweed x1, Rice x1
  • Quality Fertilizer: Sap x4, Any Fish x1
  • Sashimi: Any Fish x1

Uses of Walleye

Apart from being an ingredient for food items, you can use it for various other purposes.

  • Fishing Vest: Pop a Walleye in the Sewing Machine and you’ll get a snazzy Fishing Vest, which can boost your fishing skill.
  • Yellow Dye: If you’re looking to add a splash of sunshine to your clothes, use a Walleye as yellow dye at the Dye Pots located in Emily and Haley’s house (2 Willow Lane).
  • Fish Pond:
    • Walleye Roe: Stock your Fish Pond with Walleye and they’ll happily reproduce every 3 days. The only byproduct you’ll get is yellow Walleye Roe, which isn’t used for much, but hey, more fish! The initial pond can hold 3 Walleye, but by completing quests you can expand it to fit up to 10.
  • Gifts (Neutral):
    • Not the best gift: While not exactly disliked, gifting a Walleye won’t exactly win you any best friend awards. Demetrius, Elliot, Leo, Linus, Pam, Sebastian, and Willy will all have a neutral reaction if you give them a Walleye. Everyone else dislikes or hates it as a gift, so it’s best to stick with other options.
  • Help Wanted Board:
    • Random Quest: Occasionally, the Help Wanted board outside Pierre’s General Store will have a quest requesting a Walleye in Fall or Winter. Completing this quest will score you some gold and friendship points.

And that’s everything about Walleye in Stardew Valley including where to find this fish and the best place to catch it. If you’re curious about anything related to this game, you might just find a guide explaining all there is to know about it. Be sure to explore our SDV guides right here.