The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.

Northeast, Midwest, West, South
Catch Ease
Lake, Pond

How to identify a Walleye

It is the largest member of the perch family and has been known to reach 25 lb. (11 kg). Its closest relative and look-a-like is the sauger (Stizostedion canadense). Both have large, glassy, opaque eyes that gave the walleye its name. In shallow water at night, the eyes glow eerily under lights, readily identifying these fishes even before they can be seen. The sauger can be distinguished by the markings on their dorsal fins. The walleye’s dorsal fin may be streaked, blotched, or plain, but lacks any clear spots and there is a prominent blotch at the posterior edge. On the sauger, the fin is spotted and lacks any large blotch at the back edge. The lower lobe of the tail in the walleye is white-tipped, a feature that is absent in the sauger.

Where to catch Walleye

This wide-ranging, North American species occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland, with newly introduced populations occurring in Washington and Oregon. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish:

how to catch Walleye

The following are fishing methods used to catch this fish:

Walleye lures, tackle & bait

The following are lures, tackle or bait that can be used to catch this fish:

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