Walleye

Walleye boom on Oneida Lake?

The New York DEC has proposed regulations to increase the daily possession limit of walleye in Oneida Lake from 3 fish/day, to the statewide daily possession limit of 5 fish/day. This proposal stems from annual monitoring efforts that have shown a steadily increasing population. In 2020, an estimated 1,200,000 walleye were present in the lake. Although the numbers have rebounded tremendously since…

Devils Lake walleye, perch, white bass numbers booming

(Devils Lake Tourism)Summer fish population surveys by North Dakota fisheries crews peg Devils Lake walleyes, perch and white bass all doing exceptionally well. “The test netting results showed numbers for all species up over last season and most considerably higher than traditional averages,” said biologist Todd Caspers.” Walleyes caught in test nets were 32.4 fish per net this summer.  The long-term…

Walleye adventure

When former New York Outdoor News Editor Steve Piatt called and asked if I wanted to join him on a fishing trip to Lake Erie, I jumped at the chance. I’ve heard about how remarkable the fishing was for both bass and walleye and I was eager to find out for myself. The fishing is so good, in 2019 Bassmaster Magazine named…

Fishing records keep on falling in Montana

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)An 18-pound, .02-ounce walleye. A 9.58-pound largemouth bass. A 7.84-pound smallmouth bass. The fish were caught in recent months in Montana, and all three are new state records – among seven state-record fish caught in Montana waters in just the last nine months. So is there an explanation for this boom in record fish in the…

Angling Buzz video: power-corking walleyes

During mid-summer, when walleyes move deep, one of the most effective ways to target them is by power-corking. Now, I have caught a tremendous number of different fish species on floats everything from salmon, trout, walleyes, muskies northern pike, catfish, and panfish. I mean, live bait under a float works for all different fish species, but one place it can really shine…

Lake of the Woods walleye population in danger?

(Lake of the Woods Tourism)Walleyes in trouble on Lake of the Woods? How can that be? Well, that’s the word, at least on the Ontario side of the big lake. Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has revealed that the Lake of the Woods walleye population is in danger and that its current fisheries are not sustainable, spelling serious…

Observation of walleye egg take operations closed to public [video]

Biologists with the Minnesota DNR will collect walleye eggs this spring; however, social distancing requirements mean this popular springtime activity will not be open for public viewing this year. Hatcheries, the destination for the eggs collected, also remain closed to the public. “Egg take operations are neat things to watch,” said Henry Drewes, northwest region fisheries supervisor. “But the closeness…

Will this possible North Dakota walleye record stick?

(North Dakota Game and Fish Department)It was likely just a matter of time before the North Dakota state walleye record fell. After all, bigger walleyes than the 15-pound, 13-ounce fish caught in 2018 by Neal Leier on the Missouri River near Fox Island in Bismarck had reportedly been caught since then. But those fish either weren’t verified or were disqualified…

Walleye anglers, can it really get even better on Lake Erie?

(Ohio DNR)In recent years, the walleye population on Lake Erie – the western basin in particular – has grown by leaps and bounds each year, to the point where it’s almost unimaginable that the resulting walleye fishing can get any better. But it does, and it does, and it does again, which is where we’re supposedly at again here. For…