Walleye Picture

Taking a walleye picture preserves memories that you can enjoy for years to come.  Freshwater fish identification is critical so that you recognize the species of fish that you catch, stay within established limits,  know how to handle the fish you catch, and when it comes to walleye, begin to savor the meal you can make out of your catch.

Source of the Name Walleye

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The name Walleye comes from its pronounced eye, which is large and slightly bulging out. and which reflect white light.  As you scroll from walleye picture to walleye picture, note the size, shape and position of their eyes.  Their eye structure allows them to see well (for food and safety) in stained and/or rough waters (There is a nice chop on the water - today could be a great Walleye Day).   These large sensitive eyes also mean they are sensitive to bright light.  Experienced walleye anglers use this to their advantage, fishing specific patterns on cloudy and windy days, and knowing that walleye will be deeper and in holding patterns on clear and calm days.  Sometimes called goggle eyes or glass eyes these are a favorite catch of many anglers.

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Walleye Physical Description

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The shape of walleye is long like a torpedo when compared to pan fish or bass.  You can see two distinct dorsal fins with distinct spines which flare straight up when in defense mode.  These are sharp and will stick you if not handled with care.  The mouth is filled with sharp teeth ideal for capturing and holding prey, and also for sticking into your thumb should you forget and lip a walleye similar to lipping a bass.  The color of the walleye is dark green on its back to golden brown on its sides.  Walleye in different tributaries or bodies of water will vary in this color - some being lighter and some darker.

Where to Find Walleye

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Walleye are native to Canadian waters and northern US waters.  Walleye have been stocked in many other lakes and reservoirs where they were not originally found.  Several lakes around the Kansas City Area, including Clinton, Hillsdale and Truman Lakes, are now holding nice sized walleyes and many anglers are catching them.  In addition many river systems hold walleye as well.  Much of the Upper Missouri River system hold walleye including near Great Falls, MT, and throughout many of the impounded portions through the Dakotas such as Lake Oahe in South Dakota.   

Are you interested in a Walleye Fishing Trip , or more information about a Canada Fishing Trip ? Click on these two links and read more about how to plan a fishing trip.

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Walleye Fishing Tips

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Minnows, night crawlers and leaches are all popular live bait for catching walleye.  Jigged up and down or fished slow trolling across flats and river channels are all effective techniques.  In some locations minnows are the best bet, while in others leaches may be preferred.  Talk to locals and find out what is working.  Anglers also find plastic wiggle tails on jigs can be successful.  Walleye can also be caught casting crank baits on windy points or while trolling in the same areas.  On calm sunny days best fishing may be early in the morning or very late in the day, avoiding the peak sun light of 10am to 4pm.  The walleye bite when jigging can be very light - like a slight touch - care must be taken letting the walleye take the bait's hook or you can pull your bait out of their mouths.  Use of sensitive rod and line is very important to not miss this.  An aggressively feeding walleye will strike a crank bait and you will feel that one.

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Walleye as Food

Fresh walleye is one PFT's favorite dishes to eat.  White, flaky, and mild - walleye are greatly sought after by anglers.  Because of this most state and/or federal fish and game departments place restrictions on how many walleye may be kept. There are often slot limits which protect the sizes of walleye that are the most prolific reproducers.  In Ontario Canada you may only keep walleye that are in the slot - They must be over 13 and 3/4 inches but under 17 and 3/4 inches.  There is a limit of 4 walleye of this size that you may bring back to the US or have in your possession. 

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More Walleye Picture

Each of the walleye pictures on this page carry a lot of memories.  Great times shared with good friends and family and a lot of great meals enjoying tasty fillets.

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Nice 26 inch walleye taken at Clinton Lake, KS summer of 2015.

Fish Similar to Walleye

The Sauger is related to walleye in shape.  In general they do not grow as large as walleye are able to grow.  They are capable of spawning with walleye in nature and this is sometimes done in hatcheries and produce the SAUGEYE.  In general if is believed that the sauger and saugeye are better adapted to impoundments where there are high flows of water.  It is important to know the differences between these three fishes as there can be different size limits and possession limits for these fishes.  Click on the following link and enjoy a great resource of fish identifications.

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Lake Oahe Walleye Fishing

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There are a number of guide services for Lake Oahe in South Dakota.   Look no further than Major League Adventures with Tom Bruno.  We just returned from there, and in less than  ideal Walleye conditions no clouds, 96 degrees, no wind and no ripple, we caught and brought home our limit in 5 hours.  He knows Lake Oahe well, bent over backwards to accomodate our schedule, was extremely professional, and is definitely a do again guide for us.  I whole heartedly recommend his services.  Check out his website for both fishing and hunting - and then call Tom, you will also get some really good stories.

Tom Bruno's Major League Adventures: Fishing and Hunting

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