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Walleye


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Walleye

The focus of many fishermen’s attention is the Wisconsin walleye.  The walleye is one of the most prized game fish in this state.  They are very abundant throughout the state.  A well-known hotspot is around the Great Lakes area.  The best time to fish for walleye has been during the periods of dawn and dusk when they are feeding.  They will sometimes bite onto artificial baits, but the most achievable are live baits.  They like to have something fresh to bite into.  Wisconsin walleye are the largest species of the perch family and probably the most popular.  Good Luck!


Name: Walleye
Scientific Name: Stizostedion vitreum
Family: Percidae
General Description: golden color, average length: 37in, average weight: 25lbs, big eyes, white tip on tail fin
Habitat: clear water lakes and big rivers,
Spawning/Sexual Maturity: Mid April to Early May, 50 degree water temp., no parental care, sexually mature between 2 and 5 years of age, up to 495,000 eggs
Diet: mainly smaller fish, young eat plankton
Life Expectancy: up to 15 years of age
Predators: humans, bigger fish, or large birds
Known Hotspots: Lake Michigan, Mississippi River, Lake Superior
Popular Baits: minnows, leeches, small bullhead, worms, small plugs
Fishing Tournaments:
State Record: 18lbs, High Lake, September 16, 1933
World Record: 25lbs, Old Hickory Lake, TN, August 2, 1960
Extra Facts: largest member of perch family, most highly prized game fish in state, feed during dawn and dusk, are able to see during nighttime. 

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