When it comes to fishing Walleye it seems that almost inevitably the emphasis is in fishing for those fish in lakes and still waters. Yet many of these elusive foes are caught in rivers and river waters. What tips and tactics can be best exploited by experienced sportsmen and fisherman when it comes to landing that "big one" in river water - be it in a Minnesota River or the Manitoba Red River? It can be said that river fisher-people face more sudden, dramatic changes in water conditions than Lake Fisherman do by far or can even imagine. Most lakes are a "piece of cake" when compared structurally to rivers. Water levels in natural lakes remain comparatively stable over long periods of time. It usually takes long term drought or heavy rainwater to bring about a severe high or low water levels in a lake. Yet river anglers are always fighting rising or falling water levels. More than just contending with water level "flux", they must adjust to bottom structures that are here today and gone tomorrow. Sandbars come and go. Flow patterns can change in a subtle manner with a shift of the stream's course or an increase in current speed. Changing bottom conditions will obviously also affect fish location. You have to find those Walleye fish to land them. As rapidly as water levels rise or fall, a key fish attracting current break can suddenly appear or completely vanish and affect fish location accordingly. A pile of submerged rocks that might hold Walleye and Pickerel fish during the high water of the spring season might well be high and dry little more than a week's time later. Remember that the ability to read river currents is the key to successful river Walleye and Pike fish as well fishing. Take the time to learn how it functions with rising or falling water levels, creating or eliminating, fish and especially trophy fish holding areas in the process. Fish like Walleyes relate to structural elements one way during high water and or another way when the water levels are low and lower. The water depth and speed around an object produces those all important "current breaks" that determine sections of slack water where food accumulates and fish gather. Fish will hold and set up feeding stations at these points. In summary it can be said by better being familiar with both river currents, how to read and evaluate them - in essence being sensitive to the lay of the land will reward your Walleye & Pickerel fishing results greatly.