Monday, May 19, 2008

Walleye facts

The walleye is one of the most popular freshwater fish in North America and has a strong following in many freshwater lakes and impoundments. Hopefully the following facts will help you understand more about this amazing fish.

Facts About The Walleye

  • Walleye have large eyes with a layer of reflective pigment (almost like a cats eye) which allows them to feed in murky water, dim light and darkness.
  • Due to their good eyes walleye are sensitive to sunlight and during these times walleye often move into water as deep as 40 feet.
  • Walleye can only see shades of red and green and therefore green, orange and red lures are the most popular.
  • Originally walleye occurred naturally in the northern regions of North America, but as it currently stands walleye have been stocked into almost every state of the US.
  • Walleye have a very sensitive lateral line which allows them to sense wounded bait fish or lures.
  • The oldest walleye recorded was 29 years and there is evidence that walleye can live to over 30 years of age.
  • Walleye prefer cold water and feed right through the winter, but can also be caught during all other times of the year.
  • The walleye reaches maturity at about 3-5 years and spawning occurs at 43 to 50° F. A large female can lay up to 500,000 eggs.
  • The most popular lures for walleye are minnows, but jigs, spinners and grubs also account for fish.


Funeral Readings Guru said...

Very interesting article. Thanks for the great tips.

Funeral Readings Guru said...

Brilliant article. Where did you get all this information from? :-)