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    The walleye, or yellow pike, or yellow pickerel is a cold-water fish. It's only found in fresh water in Canada and the northern most US.

      It gets its name from its eyes. They point out. They are also filled with a cloudy pigment that helps them see prey at night. This pigment also slightly glows in the dark. A type of pearlescence.

    The usually grow to a size  3 ft long and about 20 lbs. The biggest one weighed in at 29 lbs.

     They are a favorite fish for anglers in the north. They are also one of the most popular fish to catch ice fishing. The Non-definitive guide to ice fishing is coming in a couple days.

     Juvenile Walleye feed on small insect larvae, leeches, and small crustaceans. When they reach adulthood the feed mainly on perch. It's estimated they eat close to 750,000 lbs. of perch each year. Or about 5 lbs. per fish per year.

      The Walleye are heavily regulated now. This is because of over fishing years ago and the Walleye were almost endangered. They have since made a recovery and are doing well.

Tips and Tricks

  • Find the fish. Walleye move around a lot. Some cover almost 50 miles a day. So use a depth finder or lake map to look for drop offs, structure, slopes, hills. Anywhere bait fish might hide and school.

  • Put tech to work. Use a fish finder. There's no guarantee what kind of fish they are but you can see if anything's there. And at what depths.

  • They are most active just before dark. So if you find them around then and they aren't biting that much. Just wait.

  • Troll. Walleye cover a lot of distance. One of the best ways to find them is by trolling. This let's you cover a lot of distance too. Till you find them.

  • Use fluorocarbon line. It's harder to see and they will spook less. Walleye can be picky and spook easy.

  • Use jigs and lures to match the bait at that time of year