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State of Ohio Record
15.95 pounds, 33 inches
World Record
22 pounds
Average Size
2-4 pounds, 14-22 inches

The walleye resembles the sauger and saugeye with its long slender body. Sharp canine teeth fill the mouth of the walleye. They have large dark eyes which are above and to the front of the muscular cheeks. The olive-yellow color of the walleye shines with the sun and is more of a rownish-olive color without the sun. White spots are at the bottom edge of the tail fin.

Walleye are found over reefs, shoals of gravel, bedrock, and other firm bottoms. Most walleye are found in deep waters, while others have found many walleye fishing in the shallow weeds near a drop-off.
When water temperature gets between 40 and 50 F walleye will spawn usually in April. The female lay as many as 40,000 eggs that will hatch in about 10 days. Eggs are deposited in tributary streams or over gravel to boulder-sized rocks in reef areas. Many young walleye will feed on zooplankton and insect larvae until they start to feed on small fish after their first year. Adult walleye will feed on shad, rainbow smelt, shiners, and whatever else is available.

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Walleye limit changes proposed on Canyon Ferry, Hauser - Billings Gazette
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:00:00 GMT

Mille Lacs panel recommends one-fish limit for early anglers to DNR - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:19:33 GMT

Early Spring Walleye Tips | News Dakota - newsdakota.com
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:58:24 GMT

Small lakes boost the popularity of walleye fishing in North Dakota - Grand Forks Herald
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT

Recreational Fishing Report: 02/25/2021 | News - Traverse City Record Eagle
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:00:00 GMT

Walleye will retain rights to players they signed - Toledo Blade
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

In North Dakota, small lakes becoming a powerhouse for walleyes - Bemidji Pioneer
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT

Michigan DNR drafts walleye management plan for inland waters, seeks public input - WLUC
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 21:30:00 GMT

Bob Gwizdz: Bad bite and the school of hard knocks on Saginaw Bay - Traverse City Record Eagle
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT

Lake Erie walleye fishing slow, but promising: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Feb. 19-21 - cleveland.com
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:39:31 GMT

City eyeing jump to National Walleye Tour | News, Sports, Jobs - Evening Observer
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 07:35:36 GMT

Discover the secret to targeting walleye under ice - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

WALLEYE Looking to lure major tournament | News, Sports, Jobs - Evening Observer
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:16:29 GMT

OUTDOORS: Coldwater fish: the walleye | Sports | dailyprogress.com - The Daily Progress
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery spearheading walleye population control project - KX NEWS
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 23:11:55 GMT

Tough task: Walleye coach finds new homes for his players - Toledo Blade
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Beck: Raring for winter walleye action - RiverTowns
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Good old days are now for Lake Pepin perch and walleye anglers - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Thu, 04 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Minnesota bills would affect lead fishing tackle, walleye limits, deer hunting - Grand Forks Herald
Sat, 30 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Bills would ban small lead fishing tackle, lower walleye limit, allow rifles statewide for deer - Duluth News Tribune
Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Deadlines approaching to get fish houses off the ice - Superior Telegram
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:30:19 GMT

Weekly DNR Fishing Report – KIWARadio.com - KIWARadio.com
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:43:52 GMT

State Legislature Looking at Changes to Walleye Limits [PODCAST] - WJON News
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 17:35:55 GMT

Best fishing action is at Duck Creek | Montana Untamed | helenair.com - Helena Independent Record
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT

Outdoors: Rossford walleye tournament expects to return this spring - Toledo Blade
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Terry Tuma Ice Fishing Tip: Deadsticking for Crappies and Walleyes - CCX Media - ccxmedia.org
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:25:25 GMT

Despite brutal cold everywhere and heavy snow in many areas around Chicago, anglers were out and at least som… - Chicago Sun-Times
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

The Northwoods Walleye Sandwich Is Back At Culver's For 2021 Lenten Season - Chew Boom
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye new fish on the block - Arkansas Online
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Gamakatsu(R) Spin Bait Hook For Walleye Anglers | WalleyeFIRST - IceFishingFIRST
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

FISHING LINE | News | rapidcityjournal.com - Rapid City Journal
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 02:30:36 GMT

Outdoors: Dead sticking for walleyes (2/25/21) - Spencer Daily Reporter
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:05:00 GMT

Lead fishing tackle, walleye limits, deer hunting up for discussion in MN Legislature - TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Outdoors: Northern Pike, Walleye season is beginning to wind down - The Recorder
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 00:10:00 GMT

Fishing report, Feb. 25 - The Columbian
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 02:21:28 GMT

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Frisch: Three can't-miss bites while looking forward to open water - West Central Tribune
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:00:00 GMT

Rossford's walleye roundup entering its fourth year - Press Publications Inc.
Thu, 04 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Hunting rules posted online, take Mom fishing | Montana Untamed | helenair.com - Helena Independent Record
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Sports community | The Blade - Toledo Blade
Sun, 07 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

No matter the season, lure color counts - Ames Tribune
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 16:03:58 GMT

Fishing Beat: Ice fishing updates and competitions on the schedule - Buffalo News
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:48:28 GMT

Fishing Report: Fish 'hammered' beneath ice on shallow Lake Arthur bays - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thu, 04 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 24, 2021 - Los Alamos Daily Post
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 14:02:26 GMT

Fish Fry Guide For The Twin Cities – Restaurant Edition - CBS Minnesota
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 01:00:00 GMT

Fishing Report: Ice fishing underway on lakes to the north and south - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Hook & Hunting: Studying Lake Sturgeon by Video - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 23:17:41 GMT

Monticello man enters his first King of the Ice fishing contest, nets title 15 minutes in - Times Herald-Record
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 21:38:02 GMT

Huge Pennsylvania Crappie Nearly Breaks Record - Outdoor Life
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:17:04 GMT

Explore Minnesota Fishing Report for Friday, Jan. 29 - Grand Forks Herald
Fri, 29 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Red Wings goalie situation -- here’s what’s going on - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Dokken: Minnesota-based Hides for Habitat program surpasses 2019 despite the pandemic - Bemidji Pioneer
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report - Page 1 Publications
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:46:42 GMT

On Michigan's inland lakes, ice fishing with less ice, and fewer fish – Great Lakes Now - Great Lakes Now
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 10:20:47 GMT

Bulletin Board – Monday, February 22, 2021 - kroxam.com
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 02:14:32 GMT

Fishing Report | News, Sports, Jobs - Jamestown Post Journal
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 06:20:02 GMT

Jensen: Remembering the best bites - Mason City Globe Gazette
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Safe ways to go ice fishing at the Cleveland Metroparks - News 5 Cleveland
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 20:40:00 GMT

Northwestern Pennsylvania weekend fishing report, Feb. 19-21 - GoErie.com
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 11:01:21 GMT

Ohio's 2021-22 fishing and hunting licenses on sale now - Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:01:20 GMT

Fish Tales Lecture Follows Fish Movements - Door County Pulse
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:50:58 GMT

North-central Minnesota lakes are getting murkier faster - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 23:47:13 GMT

How to Catch Memorable Giant Lake of the Woods Pike on Tip-Ups | IceFishingFIRST - WalleyeFIRST
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 08:33:26 GMT

From tungsten to tin, unleaded fishing tackle becoming more mainstream - Bemidji Pioneer
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 01:00:00 GMT

Spiders? Commodores? Clash? Cleveland Indians new name reveal - The Athletic
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:41:33 GMT

Area news in brief for Feb. 26 - The-review
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:06:42 GMT

For a second year, pandemic hits the Friday fish fries - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:19:02 GMT

Jarrid Houston column: Change presentation if fish look but don't bite - Duluth News Tribune
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT

Northeast Ohio fish fries: Restaurants, clubs want to catch you with fresh choices - News-Herald.com
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:30:00 GMT

Big muskie is winning fish in Timberland Bait's Canadohta Lake Ice Fishing Contest - GoErie.com
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:31:23 GMT

GREAT OUTDOORS: Some of best catches came through ice - Sandusky Register
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 19:00:00 GMT

5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:58:08 GMT

Expect Niagara River fishing to heat up with ice nearly covering Lake Erie - Buffalo News
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 23:01:28 GMT

As local weather warms stay cautious on ice - Pilot Tribune
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 20:22:34 GMT

Chew on This: Iowa City food bank holds restaurant week in place of annual pancake breakfast fundraiser - The Gazette
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:11:15 GMT

Huge crappie caught at Lake Wilhelm falls just short of Pennsylvania record - GoErie.com
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Angler lands near-record crappie hours after COVID-19 vaccination - For The Win
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT

February 24, 2021 County X speed limit lowered - Waupaca County News
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:10:25 GMT

It's good to be king - The River Reporter
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:07:09 GMT

James “Red” Theodore Spellum | News, Sports, Jobs - NUjournal
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 07:11:06 GMT

Saturday Morning Fishing Report: Area Lakes Report Fishing as Fair - KIOW
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 12:01:59 GMT

Outdoor notebook: Top Secret Jig Company to reopen after sale; Mule Fishing offers new soft plastics - The Topeka Capital-Journal
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:55:23 GMT

Rice and Steele County Crops Days NOT Virtual - kdhlradio.com
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:23:03 GMT

Watch now: Friday fishing spots in Decatur deal with COVID-induced changes during Lent - Herald & Review
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:30:00 GMT

Outdoors: Big walleye move on their own timetable - Toledo Blade
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 08:00:00 GMT

See the winning walleye -- caught on Thanksgiving -- in the 2020 Lake Erie Fall Brawl - cleveland.com
Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT

‘A matter of opportunity’: Goalie Pat Nagle shines with Griffins - WOODTV.com
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:54:52 GMT

From Grand Rapids to Muskegon, find a 2021 Lenten fish fry here - WOODTV.com
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:26:05 GMT

Walleye push start date of season to February - Toledo Blade
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye players Gorsuch, Boeing sign with other teams - Toledo Blade
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye opt out of 2020-2021 season - WTVG
Tue, 05 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye Drop goes virtual, global for an epic New Year's Eve - The Beacon - The Beacon
Wed, 16 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye expected to rebound strongly from rare hockey hiatus in Toledo - Toledo Blade
Wed, 06 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye signees Hawkins, Gazzola to play for rival Fort Wayne - Toledo Blade
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Charlie Gimmler caught a quality walleye while ice fishing around Eagle River, Wis. - Chicago Sun-Times
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Harbor walleyes draw ice angling crowds - Duluth News Tribune
Fri, 01 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Defenseman Hamilton returns from Europe to Walleye - Toledo Blade
Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Walleye defenseman Trevor Hamilton signs with Jacksonville - Toledo Blade
Sat, 09 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Outdoors: Big walleye will lead pros to a big check - Toledo Blade
Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Lighted lures catching on as walleye presentations - Grand Forks Herald
Thu, 07 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT

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When walleye are feeding they will hit a variety of lures. Trolling with spoons, crankbaits, and worm harnesses is probably the most popular fishing method for catching walleye.

Some say the main key to catching walleye is finding them. Many walleye are found in deep waters with flat bottoms while some remain in shallow waters weeds near a drop off. Feeding usually occurs in low light conditions such as dawn and dusk.

Make sure you have the proper equipment when trolling for walleye. A variety of spoons, crankbaits, and worm harnesses are a must. A good GPS navigation system and fish finder will help locate the schools of walleye.

Remember presentation is everything so if your lure is not working properly then it is not going to catch the fish. Don't be afraid to slow your trolling speed for inactive walleye or speed it up for the more active ones.  Everyday is not the same for walleye so keep an open mind when trying to get walleye to bite and when you find out what they are biting then present that lure more and fish at that depth with other lines. Use your GPS navigation system to take note of the coordinates where you caught the walleye for that day and you may try fishing over that same spot.

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