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WALLEYE FACTS
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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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Big Walleye Verified as State Record | The Mighty 790 KFGO - KFGO News
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:24:44 GMT

GREAT OUTDOORS: Weather controls spring walleye fishing success - Sandusky Register
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 18:00:00 GMT

UMC crew clears brushland habitat, DNR walleye egg take closed to public etc. - Grand Forks Herald
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Here's your homework for the walleye opener - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 20:38:22 GMT

Lake Pueblo produces record walleye spawn - Kiowa County Press
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 16:52:23 GMT

DNR restricting public from observing walleye egg collection in 2021 - Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 19:26:00 GMT

Wisconsin tribes begin walleye spearing as state officials warn about harassment - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sat, 03 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT

The Lion meets the Walleye | Photos | ehextra.com - EH Extra
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 22:10:00 GMT

Country’s top walleye anglers to test Lake Erie: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of April 9-11 - cleveland.com
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 20:35:25 GMT

The Sunset Walleye Bite! - AM 1100 The Flag WZFG
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Walleye season brings crowds and business to the Toledo area - WNWO NBC 24
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:12:19 GMT

Late March and early April is a good time to catch walleye and white bass - Lakenewsonline.com
Sun, 21 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Anglers Can Keep Some Walleyes on Mille Lacs in 2021 - KNSI
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Walleye announcer Melzak enjoys milestone moment in AHL - Toledo Blade
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:12:26 GMT

Two Books, Two Communities selections made: Walleye, cherry pie, pizza play starring roles - Marquette Mining Journal
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 11:07:10 GMT

US-Canadian border walleye tournament to be held virtually April 10-11 - Park Rapids Enterprise
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Early and late season walleye harvest to be allowed on Mille Lacs - Aitkin Independent Age
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT

Early- and late-season walleye harvest will be allowed on Mille Lacs this year - Crow River Media
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 18:05:00 GMT

Wisconsin walleye worry: Too many female fish - Park Rapids Enterprise
Sat, 27 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Early- and late-season walleye harvest allowed on Mille Lacs - Aitkin Independent Age
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT

MARTINO: Walleye and muskie stocking resumes | Sports | kokomotribune.com - Kokomo Tribune
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 05:00:00 GMT

Smith: The Wolf River walleye run is especially sweet this spring - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sun, 28 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Walleye were easy catching for once | Sports - Huntington Herald Dispatch
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 22:24:00 GMT

Walleye bite is turning on - Beatrice Daily Sun
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT

Dickinson Angler Times It Right, Pending Walleye State Record - newsdakota.com
Tue, 16 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Going big: Lake Erie walleye population expected to surge in 2021 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Finally, a rewarding day of early-season walleye fishing - Beckley Register-Herald
Sun, 04 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT

As befits true spring weather arriving, all kinds of fishing is going around Chicago from coho and brown trou… - Chicago Sun-Times
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 22:50:03 GMT

DNR NOTES: Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye | News | swiowanewssource.com - The Audubon County Advocate Journal
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Having fun with the walleye run - Chronicle Telegram
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Minnesota's Fishing Opener Set for May 15th - KNSI
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 18:24:08 GMT

Outdoors: Michigan duo works walleye magic to win Rossford event - Toledo Blade
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 16:05:29 GMT

DNR to begin ‘critical’ collection of 32 million walleye eggs from Muskegon River - MLive.com
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

WALTERS COLUMN: Working hard for walleye on the Fox River - Portage Daily Register
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:15:00 GMT

DNR: Fish egg take observations closed to public - Perham Focus
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 19:21:08 GMT

This Pending State Record Is the Latest Big Walleye Out of the Dakotas - Outdoor Life
Wed, 17 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Oshkosh's walleye run off to slow start - Fox11online.com
Fri, 19 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Blade Fishing Report: Lake Erie walleye fishing hits the hot button - Toledo Blade
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:42:18 GMT

Emo Walleye Classic Tournament to be held virtually April 10-11 - Bemidji Pioneer
Mon, 29 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Walleye harvest a central topic as DNR lays out five-year plan for Mille Lacs - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Frisch: Different jig strokes for different folks - Bemidji Pioneer
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:30:00 GMT

Fisheries biologists collaborate on walleye study - ktlo.com
Sun, 04 Apr 2021 11:54:00 GMT

Proper rig is key when going after spring walleye - Daily Herald
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Wildlife Officials Stock 4 Million Walleye Fry At Cherry Creek State Park - CBS Denver
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 01:30:00 GMT

Peshtigo River walleye run bringing boost to area service club - Fox11online.com
Fri, 02 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Minnesota fishing season opener coming up in May - Duluth News Tribune
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:37:00 GMT

“Just incredible”: Bay of Green Bay evolves into world-class walleye fishery - WBAY
Fri, 02 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT

DNR investigating skewed sex ratio of walleye from state hatchery system - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sat, 20 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

It should be prime time for walleye spawning runs - LimaOhio.com
Fri, 02 Apr 2021 21:09:57 GMT

Biologists take closer look at walleye sex ratios from hatcheries - Lakeland Times
Fri, 26 Mar 2021 10:27:46 GMT

Hook & Hunting: Walleye Egg Collecting on Muskegon River - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 22:14:08 GMT

Walleye boom time - Tower Timberjay News
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 23:12:00 GMT

DEC completes walleye egg take at Oneida Fish Cultural Station in Constantia - Utica Observer Dispatch
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 10:04:16 GMT

Get your gear ready for Lake Erie walleye fishing - Farm and Dairy
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Garrison Dam National fish hatchery works to keep North Dakota waters stocked with fish - KX NEWS
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 23:17:19 GMT

State walleye fishing record believed to be broken by Dickinson man - KX NEWS
Mon, 15 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Will Lake Erie anglers finally topple Ohio walleye mark? - The Beacon - The Beacon
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Walleyes abundant in area rivers - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Big Ol' Fish: All eyes on the walleye - KTVZ
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Walleyes and sturgeon cooperating on the Rainy River, DNR conservation officers report - Grand Forks Herald
Mon, 29 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Eyeing this year's walleye derby - Chronicle Telegram
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Lake Erie walleye are calling area anglers | Local Sports News | richlandsource.com - Richland Source
Sat, 27 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Outdoors: Rossford walleye tournament making strong return - Toledo Blade
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Outdoors Angle: Border Waters Walleye Action - AM 1100 The Flag WZFG
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Outdoors: Sylvania native touts Detroit River's walleye wealth - Toledo Blade
Mon, 22 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Lake Erie perch limit drops to 10 for central basin, while walleye holds steady - cleveland.com
Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Some new walleye limits in place for Helena-area waters - Helena Independent Record
Sun, 04 Apr 2021 22:00:00 GMT

Rossford Walleye Roundup reaches record 44 teams | The Press - Press Publications Inc.
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 18:50:49 GMT

Wisconsin DNR Proposing Rule Changes to Help Restore Walleye on Several Northwoods Lakes - WXPR
Mon, 15 Mar 2021 10:16:21 GMT

Walleye run brings fishermen back to Fremont - The News-Messenger
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT

First time fishing Maumee walleye run. The learning curve is steep - Wooster Daily Record
Sun, 04 Apr 2021 07:53:18 GMT

PFBC SETS 2021 DAILY CREEL LIMITS FOR LAKE ERIE YELLOW PERCH AND WALLEYE - Governor Tom Wolf
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 21:14:47 GMT

Anglers flock to the Maumee River for the annual walleye run - WTOL
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 17:31:00 GMT

The vanishing yellow perch of Lake Erie offer up a riddle without an apparent solution - The Columbus Dispatch
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 09:34:50 GMT

Observation of walleye egg take operations closed to public - Lake Superior News
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 19:33:36 GMT

PHOTOS: Spawning of Walleye at Pueblo Lake | Multimedia | gazette.com - Colorado Springs Gazette
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Pool 4 Walleyes | Columns | osceolasun.com - Osceola Sun
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 14:46:00 GMT

DNR hopes genetic studies will help them manage WV's walleye and bass - Charleston Gazette-Mail
Sat, 20 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

DNR Investigating Disproportionate Amount Of Stocked Female Walleye From Two Hatcheries - Antigo Times News
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

anglers take to maumee river for walleye run | wtol.com - WTOL
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

What's Up Outdoors: When fishing is fast and furious - Brainerd Dispatch
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Rossford Walleye Roundup awards over $30,000 to top finishers - WTOL
Fri, 12 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT

History Spotlight: Walleye fishing in the 1970s - The News-Messenger
Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Fishing season heats up at Mosquito Lake | News, Sports, Jobs - Warren Tribune Chronicle
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 06:00:17 GMT

Early and Late Season Walleye Harvest Allowed on Mille Lacs Lake - lptv.org
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:25:20 GMT

FISHING LINE | News | rapidcityjournal.com - Rapid City Journal
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:12:00 GMT

Jensen column: With spring fishing challenges, keep your options open for early-season success - Ames Tribune
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 19:16:06 GMT

Blue Coast Walleye Challenge coming to Sarnia area in June - Sarnia Observer
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:11:38 GMT

Lenten dinner surprise worked just fine - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:04:19 GMT

Different (jig) strokes for different folks | Columnists | fergusfallsjournal.com - Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:04:00 GMT

About 1,000 steelhead in Little Manistee weir maturation pond - Manistee News Advocate
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 13:40:27 GMT

State, Tribal Agencies Warn Against Harassing Tribal Spearfishers As Spring Harvest Begins - Wisconsin Public Radio News
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT

Fishing opener is May 15, not Mother's Day weekend - Wadena Pioneer Journal
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 11:13:04 GMT

Kentucky man breaks state fishing record with 9-lb. saugeye - WHAS11.com
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 06:47:00 GMT

A good idea keeps this bait shop and its owner going - West Central Tribune
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 11:12:00 GMT

Fishing Report: Trout slow in cold waters, stockings throughout the region - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 22:46:01 GMT

Outdoors: Rule change designed to bolster perch population in central lake - Toledo Blade
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 14:47:58 GMT

Outdoors Calendar: Game and Fish Department to resume in-person Advisory Board meetings - Grand Forks Herald
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Minnesota’s fishing opener is May 15 - Maple Lake Messenger
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:07:30 GMT

Sturgeon spawning begins early along the Wolf River - Fox11online.com
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:33:50 GMT

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WALLEYE FISHING TIPS

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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