The common name, "walleye", comes from the fact that the fish's eyes point outward, as if looking at the walls. This externally facing orientation of the eyes gives anglers an advantage in the dark because there is a certain eyeshade given off by the eye of the walleye in the dark, similar to that of lions and other night dwelling animals.
Walleyes are mainly olive and gold in colour. The side of the walleye often grades into a lighter colour as it reaches the bottom of the belly where it shades to white.
Early spring the walleye tend to spawn as soon as the ice leaves the lake or river, fish will often travel to find sandy or rocky bottoms to lay their eggs. Once summer hits and the water temps starts to increase the walleye will make their way to deeper and colder water.
Walleye are often found on structure such as deep reefs, humps and steep drops. Because of their low light vision and sensitivity to brightness, walleye usually feed at dawn and dusk in the shallows on some lakes. During the heat of the day, they hire in the deeps holding to sharp drops, deep reefs or heavy cover enjoying the shade.
Walleye are a great eating fish and also a trophy fish in many places. Here on the Detroit River during the spring run the walleye lay their eggs along the rocky banks of the river. It is not uncommon to catch some very big female walleye in the 8-9+ pound range. I prefer to practice CPR - Catch Photo Release on these fish and let them pass on their genes. However, with the great population of walleye we have, it is common to catch many eating size walleye for the dinner plate.
There are many ways to fish for walleye such as hand lining, jigging, trolling, as well as many different baits to catch them.
Detroit River Walleye
During the spring walleye run in the Detroit River millions of walleye run up the river. The magic spawning number for walleye on the Detroit River seems to be around 42-46. The big fish always seem to come in first and once the silver bass start showing up the spring run is starting to come to an end. Click Here For Detroit River Info
Season Zone 19 MNR
Walleye fishing on the Detroit River is open all year around. The limits in place are 6 walleye for a sports license and 2 for a conservation license. http://files.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/fishing/2015%20English%20Fishing%20Regs%20Zone_19.pdf
- Walleye is the biggest member of the perch family.
- Spawning occurs in the spring when the water temp reaches 42-55
- Walleye are the most sought after eating fish in many areas.
- Walleye prefer cold water.