Fish Species

Walleye – North America’s Most Popular Fish?


The Walleye is considered one of the tastiest of freshwater fish and along with Bass and Trout is one of the most popular freshwater sport fish in North America. Walleye can be found in almost all of Canada and in the Northern United States. Their name, “walleye”, comes from the fact that the fish’s eyes point outward, as if looking at the walls.

Walleyes are usually olive and gold in color and can grow to about 31 inches in length (I believe the record is 42”) They have been known to weigh as much as 20 lbs. To prove it’s popularity, the Walleye is the state fish in Minnesota, Vermont and South Dakota. It’s also the provincial fish of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


We’ve found the two best methods to catch these great fish is either by pulling a crank bait or jigging. I prefer jigging a 1/4oz jig attached with a Mister Twister twister tail. I’ve never been skunked using this method. To attain your Master Angler designation, you must catch, measure, photo and release a Walleye of 30 inches or greater, something this author is still trying to do! For more information on the Walleye, check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife page listed here: