Walleye in Stardew Valley.

Stardew Valley: Complete Walleye Guide

This freshwater fish is particular about when it comes out.

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Key Takeaway

You can catch Walleye during the fall (or winter with a Rain Totem) on rainy days between 12 p.m. and 2 a.m. in the Pelican Town and Cindersap Forest river, the Cindersap Forest pond, and the Forest Farm or Riverlands Farm.

The Walleye is a common Fish that is fairly easy to catch in Stardew Valley. However, you only have a small window of time to have a chance of getting a bite from a Walleye.

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    Walleye Basics

    Walleye are quite difficult to catch if you don’t have much Fishing XP. Fish as much as you can to level up, making it a bit easier to snag a Walleye. Walleye sell for a good price, especially during the early game.

    GradeBase PriceFisher (+25%)Angler (+50%)

    Walleye are also a great source of Energy and Health. If you’re exploring the Mine or other dangerous areas in the valley, carrying a Walleye or two with you is a good move.

    GradeHealing Effect
    • +30 Energy
    • +13 health
    • +42 Energy
    • +18 health
    • +54 Energy
    • +24 health
    • +78 Energy
    • +35 health

    When, Where, and How to Catch Walleye

    Walleye are pretty easy fish to catch. You can find Walleye in the Pelican Town and Cindersap Forest river, the Cindersap Forest pond, the Mountain Lake, and the farm pond if you choose the Riverland or Forest farm.

    Walleye only appear during fall when it’s raining or during the winter if you use the Rain Totem. Walleyes are biting between 12 p.m. and 2 a.m. You can also catch Walleye any time, any day if you’re using Magic Bait.

    You don’t need a lot of experience to reel in a Walleye, as they aren’t very tough fish. Just throw some bait on your fishing rod (if you have the Fiberglass rod or better) to increase the frequency of a bite and be patient. You won’t have to wait long, though, as you have a 32% chance of catching a Walleye with each throw.

    If you’re not interested in fishing, you can randomly find Walleye for sale at the Traveling Cart for 315-1000g. You can occasionally find a Walleye in a Garbage Can during the fall and winter around town, too.

    Recipes That Require Walleye

    There aren’t any recipes that strictly require Walleye. However, there are three recipes that accept any Fish as an ingredient, so you can use Walleye for those recipes.

    Maki Roll
    • Any Fish (1)
    • Seaweed (1)
    • Rice (1)
    Fish and rice wrapped in seaweed.
    Quality Fertilizer
    • Any Fish (1)
    • Sap (2)
    Improves soil quality, increasing your chance to grow quality crops. Mix into tilled soil.
    • Any Fish (1)
    Raw fish sliced into thin pieces.

    Gifting Walleye

    You should avoid gifting Walleye to villagers in Stardew Valley. Everyone in the valley either feels neutral, dislikes, or hates Walleye.

    Walleye in Fish Ponds

    You can place Walleye in a Fish Pond. The initial capacity is 3 Walleye, though this can be increased to 10 by completing quests. You’ll earn 35 Fishing XP for each quest you complete. Here’s what you can expect.

    Capacity Before QuestCapacity After QuestQuest Item (One of):
    • Acorns (3)
    • Bug Meat (10)
    • Maple Seeds (3)
    • Pine Cones (3)
    • Gold Ore (3)
    • Maple Syrup (1)
    • Mixed Seeds (5)
    • Crayfish (1)
    • Honey (1)
    • Jade (2)
    • Periwinkle (1)

    The Walleye will produce 1 yellow Walleye Roe.

    Other Uses of Walleye

    Walleyes have a couple of other uses in Stardew Valley. It’s a required item in the Night Fishing Bundle in the Community Center. You’ll also need 1 Gold Quality Walleye for the Quality Fish Bundle in the Fish Tank (Remix). Walleye can also be used in the Sewing Machine to tailor the Fishing Vest.

    Walleye is also a required item in a quest. If you check the Help Wanted board in the fall or winter, you may find a request from a random villager asking for Walleye. If you complete this quest, it will net you 315g and 150 Friendship points.