Walleye

Traditional angler wonders: Is lead on the way out?

For the author, his homemade jigs offer the perfect profile topped off with a heavy wire Gamakatsu jig hook to keep those hard-mouthed bronzebacks hooked up.Every year I fish Lake Erie in search of monster-sized golden walleye. This trip is always topped off with some great smallmouth fishing action in the afternoons. These bronzebacks are starting to move up onto the shallow…

Non-native walleye illegally stocked in Idaho’s Lake Cascade

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials say someone illegally stocked walleye in Lake Cascade in west-central Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release says a fish caught last week was positively identified as a walleye on Wednesday. Fish and Game says the walleye measured more than 19 inches long. Wildlife officials say walleye threaten native…

Montana investigators trace origin of illegally introduced walleye

KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife investigators have used a kind of biological fingerprinting to unravel the origin of a pair of walleye illegally introduced in a northwestern Montana lake. The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists analyzed tiny bones from the two fishes’ inner ears. Those bones contain details of the water chemistry from where fish have…

Mille Lacs walleye assessment under more scrutiny this time around

(Photo courtesy of Windigo Images) ONAMIA, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR is netting fish on Lake Mille Lacs as part of the agency’s annual fall assessment. The department’s work is under intense scrutiny because of tighter walleye regulations on the large central Minnesota lake in the last few years, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The survey’s data is expected to determine the harvest…

The state of Lake Erie walleyes: Annual assessment in the works

The Michigan DNR will conduct its annual walleye assessment in the west basin of Lake Erie near Monroe, Mich., beginning Oct. 9 and continuing through Oct. 13. “This survey is a cornerstone of the DNR’s annual efforts to assess the walleye fishery in Lake Erie,” said Todd Wills, the DNR’s Lake Huron-Lake Erie area fisheries research manager. “The data from…

DNR seeks designs for 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp

A walleye painted by Timothy Turenne of Richfield is on the 2017 walleye stamp. (Minnesota DNR)Artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 20. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the…