Walleye vs Perch (Key Differences Explained) (2022)

UPDATED 21 JULY 2022

By Bill Laney

For novice anglers, walleye and perch can look superficially similar, since they share some characteristics.

However, it’s important to be able to tell the difference between perch and walleye, since they have different size limits and bag limits in most states.

So you’ll need to know whether you just caught a perch or a walleye, in order to stay in compliance with your local fishing regulations.

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In this article we’ll walk you through the key differences between perch vs walleye, to help you tell them apart easily on your next fishing trip, and will also discuss which one tastes better.

Are perch and walleye the same?

No – while perch and walleye are both part of the perch family of fish, they are separate fish species that belong to different genera and come with many key differences.

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Now let’s take a closer look at each species and go over the most important perch and walleye facts:

Yellow perch

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Scientific name: Perca flavescens

The yellow perch is also referred to as perch, striped perch, river perch, and American perch. It is very similar to its close cousin, the European perch (Perca fluvialis).

The perch is a small predatory fish that typically reaches sizes from 4 to 10 inches in length, and a maximum weight of 1 to 3 pounds. The world record yellow perch was 18 inches and 4 pounds 3 ounces, and was caught in New Jersey in 1865.

Perch feed on insect larvae, fish eggs, shrimp, crayfish, and small fish. Yellow perch are an important food source for both walleye and largemouth bass.

Walleye

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Scientific name: Sander vitreus

The walleye is also known as yellow pickerel or yellow pike, and is a close relative of the Sauger (Sander candensis) in North America, as well as the European zander (Sander lucioperca).

The walleye is a medium sized predatory fish that can grow up to 40 inches in length, and up to 25 pounds in weight. It is one of the most popular game fish in the US and Canada, and millions of anglers target walleye in North America every year.

The world record walleye was 41 inches long and weighed 25 pounds, and was caught in Tennessee in 1960 by Mabry Harper.

Adult walleye feed mostly on other fish, with yellow perch as one of their dominant prey species, in addition to ciscoes and minnows, as well as invertebrate animals such as worms, crayfish, and leeches.

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Perch vs walleye identification

While perch and walleye share some broad similarities, they also have many key differences that make it straightforward to tell them apart.

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Size: Walleye are generally larger than perch. While most walleye caught by anglers are 8 inches long or longer, most yellow perch are less than 8 inches long.

However, in a few cases there is a size overlap between walleye and perch, in which case you can refer to the other differences listed below.

Shape: While walleye have an elongated and slender shape (which explains why they’re sometimes called pikeperch), yellow perch are more stocky and oval in shape. In addition, the head of a walleye is much longer and protrudes more than the head of a perch.

Color: While the overall coloration of walleye is olive or golden, yellow perch have an overall green or yellowish green body color. In addition to their green bodies, perch also have bright orange fins, which is a great characteristic you can use to distinguish perch from walleye.

In addition to these two color differences, walleye also have a very distinctive white spot on the bottom tip of their tail fin (which is actually a transparent area on the fin), and this spot is completely absent from yellow perch.

Vertical bars: While both walleye and perch have a series of dark vertical bars, those of the perch are much more distinctive and well defined, while the vertical bars of the walleye are more blurry, and tend to blend in with the background color.

Eyes: Walleye have a reflective layer of cells in their eyes that makes the eyes look cloudy or opaque. Perch, on the other hand, have regular fish eyes that are mostly dark, and look very different from those of walleye.

Overall, the easiest way to tell yellow perch and walleye apart is by their differences in color and shape. Once you have become familiar with these differences, you will never mistake these two species for each other again.

Where can you find yellow perch?

Yellow perch are common throughout the northern part of the USA, as well as southern areas of Canada. They live in water bodies of all sizes, ranging from small ponds to the Great Lakes and major river systems, such as the Mississippi river.

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In addition to their native range, yellow perch have been introduced to many additional bodies of water, especially in the north western regions, but also in the south of the USA. In addition to being a popular game fish, perch are also highly regarded as a forage source for bass and walleye.

Where can you find walleye?

Walleye were originally restricted to the MidWest and the North East of the USA, as well as parts of Canada, but have been introduced to many additional locations over the decades.

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Walleye are now found as far south as Texas and New Mexico, where they have been introduced to reservoirs. However, their native range is definitely further north, and walleye populations in the south need to be maintained by continuous stocking efforts.

Are perch and walleye related?

Yes, perch and walleye both belong to the percidae family (also known as the perch family). However, while they share the same family, perch and walleye belong to different genera, so they are only distantly related to each other.

What is the perch family of fish?

The perch family (also known as Percidae) is a family of ray-finned fishes that belongs to the order Perciformes. It includes more than 200 species world wide, belonging to 11 different genera.

A key characteristic of the perch family is that its members have two dorsal fins (or rather a single dorsal fin that is split in two parts during development). The front dorsal fin has hard, pointed spines, while the rear dorsal fin has soft rays.

What are the members of the perch family in North America?

In North America, the perch family includes the following species:

  • Yellow perch
  • Walleye
  • Sauger
  • Saugeye
  • Ruffe
  • Darter

The ruffe was originally native to Europe and Asia, but was recently introduced into the Great Lakes of North America by mistake in 1986, where it has thrived since then. Ruffe can reach up to 10 inches in length.

Darters are not a single species, but actually consist of dozens of different species that are endemic to North America, and that rarely reach sizes over 4 inches in length.

Is there a walleye perch hybrid?

There is currently no evidence to support that walleye and perch can form hybrids with each other.

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However, a study conducted at the university of Helsinki in Finland provided evidence of the first record of hybridization between the European zander (Sander lucioperca), and the European perch (Perca fluvialis).

Since these two species are very similar to their North American counterparts (walleye and yellow perch, respectively), it suggests that hybridization between yellow perch and walleye may be possible, though exceedingly rare.

Personally, I’ve never seen anything that looked like a walleye perch hybrid, and I’ve been catching both species for decades. And actually, the fact that walleye and perch don’t seem to hybridize makes a lot of sense, given they belong to different genera.

The genetic distance between walleye and perch is much larger than the distance between walleye and sauger, which belong to the same genus (Sander), and regularly hybridize to form saugeye.

Does Walleye Taste Like Perch?

Walleye tastes very similar to perch, although perch is slightly sweeter. In terms of texture and flakiness, walleye and perch are practically identical. If you batter and fry the filets, it’s very hard to tell the difference between walleye and perch.

And while both fish are good to eat, one key difference between them is that walleye are big enough to eat their cheeks (which are considered a delicacy), while perch are generally too small for that.

What Tastes Better – Perch or Walleye?

While walleye are more popular as food fish in North America than perch, many anglers actually prefer eating perch.

Also, keep in mind that walleye are higher in the food chain than perch, and in polluted waters this can cause an accumulation of heavy metals and toxins that can have a negative effect on taste.

At the end of the day, which species you prefer comes down to personal preference. For me personally, walleye cheeks are the best freshwater fish meal you can eat.

FAQs

What tastes better walleye or perch? ›

Says it tastes way too much different. Tried to explain that walleye and perch are in the same "family" and taste pretty much identical.

Is a walleye a perch? ›

Walleye (Sander vitreus) are the largest members of the perch family. They are a cool freshwater fish, native to most of Canada. The walleye is named for its pearlescent eye that helps them see and feed at night or in murky water.

What is the difference between cod and walleye? ›

The main difference between walleye and cod is that walleye has a subtle, sweet flavor, while cod has a mild, savory taste. Walleye is also healthier than cod, but both fishes contain high amounts of similar nutrients.

Is perch a freshwater or saltwater fish? ›

Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae.

What is the difference between walleye and perch? ›

Walleye. About: The largest member of the perch family, whole walleye fillets are larger than perch but can be portioned into perch-sized pieces. Sometimes it is listed as pike or walleye-pike. Taste and texture: Flaky white flesh and mild flavor similar to perch.

Is walleye the best tasting fish? ›

Walleye. Many people call walleye the best-tasting fish in freshwater, although yellow perch should also get the same accolades, as they are a smaller cousin. Most walleye are filleted, but they can be cooked in a variety of ways, including frying, baking, and broiling.

How do you identify walleye? ›

Unlike the sauger, the walleye lacks spots on its dusky dorsal fin, except for a dark splotch at the rear base of the fin, a marking the sauger does not have. The lower tip of the walleye's tail is white, unlike the all-dark lower lobe of the sauger.

How many gills does a perch have? ›

There should be two pairs of gills on each side of the perch (4 total gills). Find the gill slits or spaces between the gills. Click HERE to find more information about gill rakers.

How many fins does a perch have? ›

Perch have a pair of pectoral and pelvic fins. On the anterior end of the fish, there are two dorsal fins. The first one is spiny and the second is soft. There is also an anal fin, which is also considered spiny, and a caudal fin.

What fish tastes most like walleye? ›

If your recipe calls for walleye, but you're unable to get your hands on any, some good alternatives include yellow perch, snapper or grouper. Although not precisely the same, they are good backup options. Keep In mind that these are seawater fish so they'll have a more pronounced flavor of the sea.

What does perch taste like? ›

The perch boasts white flesh that has an excellent flavor with a sweet taste and firm crumbly texture. It has a flavor that is mostly likened to that of the walleye but with more appeal. The perch fish boasts white flesh that has an excellent mildly sweet taste and firm crumbly texture.

Which fish taste the most fishy? ›

Fish that are higher in fat, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies, and sardines, have much stronger flavors than other fish.

Do perch and walleye live together? ›

In essence, you have a merging of environments, which affords multiple species opportunity to coexist, sometimes harmoniously, like in the case of big perch and walleyes, or rancorously, as with perch and pike. Questing for such prized locations requires some labor.

Are yellow perch related to walleye? ›

Perch Family Percidae. Among New York's popular sport fish are three members of the perch family-yellow perch, walleye, and sauger. The colorful little darters are members of this family, but these small, nongame fish are not often encountered.

Why do perch have teeth? ›

Perch have powerful jaws and strong teeth for catching and eating prey.

Is walleye a pike or a perch? ›

The walleye is a freshwater fish in the perch family that is a popular and commonly-stocked game fish. Walleye are long and thin, primarily gold and olive in color, with a white belly.

What fish looks like a walleye? ›

Difference Between Sauger and Walleye

At first glance, both these fish look pretty similar. They're closely related, and have the same basic body shape. However, there are a few telltale signs to look out for: Body Color: Sauger are a brassy color with large dark blotches.

What's the difference between perch and haddock? ›

Perch and Haddock are widely available fish in the world. The Perch is a freshwater ray-finned fish, while Haddock is a saltwater fish. There is a variety of Perch fish, but the most common is the Yellow Perch and Nile perch. Both Perch and Haddock bear striking similarities and differences.

What is the sweetest fish? ›

Fish flavors and textures
SPECIESFLAVORTEXTURE
Yellow perchMild, sweetDelicate
BassMediumMedium-firm
Catfish, Minnesota caughtMild, sweetFirm
Chilean sea bassRichTender
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What tastes better crappie or perch? ›

Crappies have much less dark meat, and are less "fishy" tasting than white perch. The texture is different, too; the meat of crappie is softer, while white perch have a more solid meat once cooked. I prefer crappie, by far. "If firearms cause crimes and kill people, all of the ones I have must be defective."

How do you tell the difference between a walleye and a sauger? ›

The sauger is smaller and more slender than the walleye, seldom exceeding 3 pounds. Its dorsal fin, unlike the walleye's, is marked by rows of dark spots and lacks the dark blotch at the rear base. The sauger also lacks the white lower tail tip.

Do walleye fish bite humans? ›

Can walleye bite you? While there's no report of walleye attacking humans intentionally, you can definitely get bitten by a walleye if you put your hand inside their mouth.

How do you tell the difference between male and female walleye? ›

The anus on a male is circular while the anus of a female resembles a keyhole, and the female's will become larger once it is time for her to lay eggs. Examine the weight of your walleye. A male will weigh less and look slimmer than a female, with a more streamlined appearance; female walleyes are rounder and plump.

How many nostrils does a perch have? ›

The mouth is terminal in the perch, and two nostrils are present on either side of the head, anterior to the eyes. The opercular bone (operculum) covers the gills, and the gill slit or opercular opening is found at its posterior margin.

How do perch reproduce? ›

When a female white perch is ready to mate, a group of males surrounds her. She releases her eggs into the water and they stick to the bottom. All the males release their sperm at the same time, so the eggs can be fertilized by different fathers. White perch breed once a year between March and July.

How does blood flow through a perch? ›

The perch circulatory system is a low pressure, single-loop system. There is one direction of blood flow from the heart. Deoxygenated blood is pumped throughout the heart and goes to the gills. In the gills, the blood becomes oxygenated, getting rid of carbon dioxide.

Does a perch have bones? ›

Unlike trout, which has a line of pin bones, perch have a simple bone structure that makes it easy to fillet and skin.

How do perch breathe? ›

Respiratory system cont.

Perch use their mouths, not their nostrils to gulp oxygen-rich water over their gills and then the oxygen-poor water gets pushed out by the gills through openings in the side of their head. the opening is covered by somthing called an operculum.

How does a perch fish move? ›

Scientists have long believed that sunfish, perch, trout, and other such bony fish propel themselves forward with the movement of their tails, while their dorsal and anal fins — the fins on their tops and bottoms — work primarily as stabilizers.

Which fish is the least fishy tasting? ›

Tilapia – tilapia is arguably the mildest tasting fish there is. It's not fishy at all and has a mild sweetness. Tilapia is easy to prepare and goes well with a variety of different flavor profiles.

Is perch a healthy fish to eat? ›

On average a 3-once portion of ocean perch has about 75 calories, 13 grams of protein, and less than 1 gram of fat. It's also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin and Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Selenium. This fish is delicious when baked or grilled, and should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145° F.

Does perch smell fishy? ›

Once it's cooked, it will become opaque completely. Perch fish has very little odor, even when cooking (similar to pollock). You can usually buy single fillets or butterfly fillets (both sides of the fish attached to its skin).

Does perch taste like bass? ›

It is piscivorous, feeding on other fish such as sunfish and silversides. A white bass has an overwhelmingly fishy flavor and many anglers consider this fish unpleasant to eat.
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Summary comparison table of white perch and white bass.
White PerchWhite Bass
FlavorMild and sweetOverwhelmingly fishy
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Which is the best fish for fish and chips? ›

Cod. Cod is the most popular choice, and for most consumers, this is what first comes to mind when they think of fish and chips. It's mild and tender, the perfect complement to the breading on top and the malt vinegar or tartar sauce that you pair the fish and fries with. Don't forget about the salt, either!

What is the best tasting white fish? ›

What Is the Best Fish to Eat?
  • Cod. Taste: Cod has a very mild, milky flavor. ...
  • Sole. Taste: Sole is another fish with a mild, almost sweet flavor. ...
  • Halibut. Taste: Halibut has a sweet, meaty flavor that's widely popular. ...
  • Sea Bass. Taste: Sea bass has a very mild, delicate flavor. ...
  • Trout. ...
  • Salmon.
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How big can a perch get? ›

Physical Characteristics. Yellow perch are most commonly found in clear water near vegetation and tend to school near the shore during the spring. The common length for yellow perch is 7.5 inches with the longest reported length for yellow perch being 19.7 inches.

Can walleye reproduce in a lake? ›

Some walleye spawn in lakes and reservoirs, while others spawn in streams and tributaries.

Is a walleye a bass? ›

Walleye and bass are two completely different freshwater fish, though they may be mistaken for one another. The main difference between bass and walleye lies in their dorsal fin and taste. Bass usually have a short-rayed anterior type dorsal fin with a smooth outline, while the Walleye has a perch-like dorsal fin.

How do you identify a perch? ›

How to identify Perch - YouTube

Why do perch jump out of water? ›

Fish tend to jump for several reasons, the most common being because the fish is hunting or is being hunted. Jumping makes for a good defense mechanism as the fish being hunted can temporarily escape the fish that is doing the hunting.

Can humans eat perch? ›

Perch is a delicious and healthy fish to eat that is incredibly popular across America, Europe and Asia. It is a mildly sweet flavoured fish with a firm yet crumbly texture.

What is the biggest perch ever caught? ›

That's because, in 2014, a 12-year-old girl from Eagle caught a 15.5-inch, 2-pound, 11.68-ounce whopper – giving her the world record for the largest perch ever caught on a tip-up.

Does a perch have eyelids? ›

Does the perch have an eyelid? No, they only have a protective film over their eye.

Do perch have sharp gills? ›

They have two separate dorsal fins: the front fin is spiny, and the back fin is soft. When handling the fish, care should be taken to avoid their sharp spines and sharp gill plates. Yellow perch have small teeth, and have no canine teeth.

What do perch taste like? ›

The perch boasts white flesh that has an excellent flavor with a sweet taste and firm crumbly texture. It has a flavor that is mostly likened to that of the walleye but with more appeal. The perch fish boasts white flesh that has an excellent mildly sweet taste and firm crumbly texture.

What tastes better crappie or perch? ›

Crappies have much less dark meat, and are less "fishy" tasting than white perch. The texture is different, too; the meat of crappie is softer, while white perch have a more solid meat once cooked. I prefer crappie, by far. "If firearms cause crimes and kill people, all of the ones I have must be defective."

What fish is walleye similar to? ›

The Sauger (Sander canadensis) is a freshwater fish also found throughout North America, although not as widely distributed as its cousin the Walleye. Their similar appearance shows a dorsal fin, pointed tail, brownish-green colors, and a slender body.

What is the least fishy tasting fish? ›

Tilapia – tilapia is arguably the mildest tasting fish there is. It's not fishy at all and has a mild sweetness. Tilapia is easy to prepare and goes well with a variety of different flavor profiles.

What is the sweetest fish? ›

Fish flavors and textures
SPECIESFLAVORTEXTURE
Yellow perchMild, sweetDelicate
BassMediumMedium-firm
Catfish, Minnesota caughtMild, sweetFirm
Chilean sea bassRichTender
21 more rows

Whats the most expensive fish? ›

Summary: 10 Most Expensive Fish
RankFishPrice (USD)
1Platinum Arowana$400,000
2Masked Angelfish$20,000
3Bladefin Basslet$10,000
4Golden Basslet$8,000
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How does walleye taste? ›

Walleye offers a fine-flaked fillet with a subtle, sweet flavor and low levels of fishiness. A good fish if you enjoy eating a meal consisting of mild flavors. Its texture is firm yet delicate with a buttery mouthfeel. If you prefer less fishy, blander tasting fish then you'll probably enjoy it.

Is perch a healthy fish to eat? ›

On average a 3-once portion of ocean perch has about 75 calories, 13 grams of protein, and less than 1 gram of fat. It's also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin and Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Selenium. This fish is delicious when baked or grilled, and should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145° F.

Does bluegill taste like crappie? ›

Most anglers agree that Bluegill taste slightly better. They have more fIavor and their flesh is firmer and flakier. Crappie, on the other hand, have a soft meat which some people find bland.

What's the difference between crappie and perch? ›

Crappie have a taller, more flattened body shape than yellow perch. A crappie also has large dorsal and anal fins. The dorsal and anal fins on a crappie start with six to eight spines depending on the species and end in a large rounded lobe. Crappie have one dorsal fin, while perch have two.

What's the difference between a perch and a bluegill? ›

Bluegill and other sunfish, sometimes called bream, are often incorrectly referred to as perch. Perch, however, are very different. Perch belong to a separate family of fish not related to bluegill or other sunfish. Common species from the perch family include walleye, sauger, yellow perch and darters.

How do you identify walleye? ›

Unlike the sauger, the walleye lacks spots on its dusky dorsal fin, except for a dark splotch at the rear base of the fin, a marking the sauger does not have. The lower tip of the walleye's tail is white, unlike the all-dark lower lobe of the sauger.

Are yellow perch related to walleye? ›

Perch Family Percidae. Among New York's popular sport fish are three members of the perch family-yellow perch, walleye, and sauger. The colorful little darters are members of this family, but these small, nongame fish are not often encountered.

Everything you need to know about the differences between perch and walleye, and how their taste compares.

No – while perch and walleye are both part of the perch family of fish, they are separate fish species that belong to different genera and come with many key differences.. The yellow perch is also referred to as perch, striped perch, river perch, and American perch.. Adult walleye feed mostly on other fish , with yellow perch as one of their dominant prey species, in addition to ciscoes and minnows, as well as invertebrate animals such as worms, crayfish, and leeches.. While most walleye caught by anglers are 8 inches long or longer, most yellow perch are less than 8 inches long.. In addition to their green bodies, perch also have bright orange fins, which is a great characteristic you can use to distinguish perch from walleye.. In addition to these two color differences, walleye also have a very distinctive white spot on the bottom tip of their tail fin (which is actually a transparent area on the fin), and this spot is completely absent from yellow perch.. Vertical bars : While both walleye and perch have a series of dark vertical bars, those of the perch are much more distinctive and well defined, while the vertical bars of the walleye are more blurry, and tend to blend in with the background color.. Overall, the easiest way to tell yellow perch and walleye apart is by their differences in color and shape.. Yes, perch and walleye both belong to the percidae family (also known as the perch family).. Yellow perch Walleye Sauger Saugeye Ruffe Darter. Since these two species are very similar to their North American counterparts (walleye and yellow perch, respectively), it suggests that hybridization between yellow perch and walleye may be possible, though exceedingly rare.. The genetic distance between walleye and perch is much larger than the distance between walleye and sauger, which belong to the same genus (Sander), and regularly hybridize to form saugeye.. Walleye tastes very similar to perch, although perch is slightly sweeter.. And while both fish are good to eat , one key difference between them is that walleye are big enough to eat their cheeks (which are considered a delicacy), while perch are generally too small for that.. While walleye are more popular as food fish in North America than perch, many anglers actually prefer eating perch.

Everything you need to know about walleye vs saugeye, and what their primary differences are.

Many anglers have a hard time telling saugeye apart from walleye, due to their very close resemblance.. Saugeye closely resemble walleye, which can make it hard to identify them as hybrid walleye.. In fact, the dark body markings of saugeye are actually more similar to those of sauger than walleye (more on that below).. Next, let’s talk about the difference between saugeye and sauger (Sander canadensis), since you also need to be able to tell these two species apart in any water body where saugeye, walleye, and sauger co-occur.. However, fish this big are very rare, and their average size is much smaller.. Saugeye are stocked in reservoirs where walleye stocking has been unsuccessful.. Saugeye, on the other hand, thrive in turbid waters, and have done very well in many of the water bodies into which they were introduced.. However, similar to other types of freshwater fish, the taste of saugeye can be negatively affected by its environment if it lives in a polluted water body.. There are two camps on this topic: While many anglers claim that saugeye taste better than walleye, others say that both fish taste the same.. However, since they feed more aggressively than walleye, saugeye fishing is generally easier than targeting walleye.. This distinguishes them from walleye, which generally prefer deeper water.

Walleyes are a freshwater fish that belong to the perch family. They are commonly found in the fresh waters of the U.S., Canada and Japan, although they...

Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north or south, will help you pinpoint their predictable locations year after year.. Spring Walleye Migrations When walleye migrations begin for spawning, we find as much variation and dissimilarity in their movement patterns as during the rest of the year, although the norm probably is different than most anglers suspect.. Female walleye generally are bigger and fatter than male walleye especially during spawning season early in the year whether they have eggs inside belly.. Throughout the spawning season in spring, female walleye have a bigger anus than male walleye.. Quinte Fishing • View topic – Post subject: difference between male vs. female walleye.. Solving the mysteries of springtime walleye • Outdoor Canada – One of the things I enjoy so much about presenting fishing seminars, like I did at the Spring Fishing and Boat Show in Toronto a week ago, is the opportunity to meet other anglers, look at the images of fish they want to show me (what did we do before Smart phones?). Male vs female walleyes, Bro ice trolls, When to use fluoro – Today’s Top 5 When ice fishing is more than just a hobby.. A Look into the Growth Rates of Walleye – If you’re fishing for Walleye, then it’s a good idea to know how big they can get.. Generally, female walleye which are 25 inches long are about 10 years old , and 30 inch females are in the range of 20 years old.. Keeping eater fish, which are fish between 15- to 18-inches won't harm a system, but the larger males and especially spawn laden females should be returned back into the water.

By Steve RyanYellow perch hold a special place in the hearts of hardcore panfish anglers. Seasoned anglers can recount the precise details surrounding the capture of their biggest yellow perch from decades past as though it was yesterday. Others spin tales of the day they got into a mother lode of j...

Smaller fisheries get wiped out by heavy fishing pressure, and even big waters that continue to produce jumbos are changing quickly, causing perch to alter their feeding habits and locations.. Other historic places for jumbos, like the Finger Lakes in New York, Lake Gogebic in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Mississippi River’s northern stretches of Minnesota and Wisconsin, Devils Lake in North Dakota, Lake Poinsett in South Dakota, the Sandhill lakes in Nebraska, and Interlake region of Manitoba, continue to possess the characteristics to produce 2-pound-plus perch.. However, apart from Devils Lake, these are largely not numbers fisheries.. These are locations where hardcore ice anglers put in their time hunting trophy fish with a realistic chance at success.. They studied the relationship of food habits to perch growth and population structure in six glacial lakes in South Dakota.. Overall, in the high-quality waters with abundant macroinvertebrates, 3-year-old perch averaged 7.5 to 9 inches, while mean length was just 4.2 to 5.6 inches in waters where foods important to fast growth were lacking.. During the years of expanding fisheries across the Dakotas, new lakes and sloughs were constantly being formed as nutrient-rich land was flooded.. This resulted in new populations in systems with abundant supplies of freshwater shrimp and few predators.. Most newly formed bodies of water had no names and by the time they did, the big, easy fish had been taken.. They may get fished down for several years before slowly reemerging by producing the occasional giant fish.”. Not being from the area, I joined the local fishing message boards, did research on the Internet, contacted the regional Fish and Game office, and devoted a ton of time to fishing the lake.”. No matter where you pursue giant perch, put in the time researching promising fisheries.

In this article, I will discuss some interesting facts and differences between a walleye and a sauger, and teach you how to catch both species of fish.

So, you might easily find yourself wondering if you’ve caught a walleye or a sauger the first time you catch one of them.. The sauger is a freshwater fish that is identical to a walleye and it has a pointed body that allows it to navigate through water swiftly.. As you already know, walleyes and saugers have similar features.. That said, walleye and sauger have similar tastes as both fish have a deliciously flaky texture.. Walleyes and saugers are found in the same waters and you can easily catch one when trying to catch the other.. A walleye is a much larger fish than a sauger and as a result, saugers are one of the fishes on its menu.. Though walleyes and saugers have a similar appearance, certain features can help you distinguish between the two fish.. There will also be no disappointment when you get either fish on a plate as walleye and sauger taste delicious.. Though the walleye isn’t the biggest predatory fish in North America, the biggest walleye ever caught is a real monster.

The nights are cold, but the days are getting warmer. Lakes are opening and the rivers are swollen with runoff...

For shore fisherman along lock walls, a standard slip bobber rig with a gold Aberdeen hook tipped with a redworm or fathead minnow will usually do the trick.. For this application, I’ll tie a twelve-inch mono leader from the coin weight to the three-way swivel, and then an eighteen-inch fluorocarbon leader from the Aberdeen hook to the open end of the three-way swivel.. A jumbo perch the author caught near a Mississippi River dam.. To rig up, I’ll slip the tag end of my line through the eyelet of the coin weight, followed by a small bead, and then tie on the ball bearing swivel.. Remember, just because you’re perch fishing in the river, it doesn’t mean you’re going to catch strictly perch.. One of my favorite techniques for catching walleyes during the spawn is vertical jigging.. Another key concept to consider when selecting a proper jig for vertical applications is picking a weight that’s heavy enough to sink fast to the bottom and hold its own against the aggressive current.. The bucktail skirts dressed on the Killer Jigs creates a streamlined profile that compliments a live minnow, or river shad, and I’ve found that I’ll get bit without live bait as frequently as someone who’s tipping their jig with a minnow from the same boat.. Because spawning fish are mainly reactive strikers, they don’t always hit aggressively, so don’t be surprised if half the fish you catch are hooked by the trailing stinger hook.. The spawn is a fun time to be on the rivers as the opportunity to catch trophy-sized fish is better now than any other time of the year.. The author releases a big walleye so that it may have the opportunity to be enjoyed by other anglers in the future.

Go big and go fast to catch fall walleyes that are targeting the largest baitfish of the season.

The colder the water, the bigger the bait" is the mantra taught by Lance Valentine, a walleye fishing guide and popular speaker on the subject.. The Michigan-based angler has caught walleye across the Midwest, and by bait he refers to both the size of the local forage fish and the size of the lures he recommends anglers use.. Valentine's "cold water/big bait" rule is valid at both ends of the fishing season, when he claims the local baitfish are at their largest and are the focus of the attention of walleye.. According to Valentine, the most common mistake made by anglers in the early and late seasons is they figure the cold water makes fall walleyes lethargic, thinking they need to fish small baits slow.. To catch fall walleyes consistently, angers need to first determine what species of baitfish on which walleye are feeding.. "Most walleye waters offer one or more of five major forage fish species — yellow perch, shiners, shad, smelt and what we'll call minnows, such as chubs and suckers," said Valentine.. "One of the most important things a walleye angler can do is to find out what type of forage is in the water they are fishing.. "Walleye don't live in 30 feet of water and swim up to 5 feet where the baitfish are to feed, and then swim back down to 30 feet.. For example, if walleyes are feeding on perch in shallow weed growth, anglers need to fish the weedbeds when walleye are going to be active.. That's why low-light periods, such as early and late in the day, cloudy conditions or when the surface light is broken by wind, are the most productive times to fish for shallow walleye, especially those in waters where the primary forage is perch.. However, whether fishing in a lake or a river, there is a transition of walleye to deeper, open water in the autumn.. This makes forage fish, along with walleye, relate to open water.. He likes 800 series Reef Runners, Smithwick Perfect 10s, size 12 and 14 Rapala Deep Husky Jerks, Rapala Taildancers in size 9, 11 and 13, and Walleye Bandits in the size range that matches the local baitfish, keeping in mind that big baits going fast catch fish.

Let's take an in-depth look at fishing hooks. Walk down the aisles of any bait and tackle shop and you're presented with a huge range…

As you can see in the diagram to the right, these parts are the eye, the shank, the bend, the point, and the barb.. Some hooks like the circle hook have a twisting action in the bend making the point offset from the shank.. Barb The barb is a secondary point at angles away from the point.. These barbs are designed to grab onto your bait and keep it from sliding up and down the hook and also to enable quality hookups since your point won’t bury into the bait.. Just remember, do not set the hook with circle hooks.. All j-hooks need to be firmly set but circle hook set themselves.. They look a lot like circle hooks but they must be set like a j-hook .. They are large bait hooks for very big live bait.. This hook is great for fishing live and cut bait as the barbs on the shank allow it to better grip bait and keep it from sliding around on the hook.. When attaching bait to a hook, make sure the bait is as secure as possible.. It is important the point does not turn back into the bait as this will cover up the point and prevent good hook sets.. This means after the point penetrates the flesh of the fish, the barb is designed to create a second point against which it is difficult to remove.. Remember that fish like pike, gar, and bass with harder mouths and sharper teeth require hard hook sets to drive home the hook.

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The most common reels available for fishing are spinning reels and baitcasting reels.. The most widely chosen fishing reels are Spinning reels and baitcasting reels.. And that is why, here we are up with a detailed analysis of both spinning reels and baitcasting reels to assure you of all the features, pros, and cons of the reels.. Get rid of all the confusion about the fishing reels and know about the basic differences between baitcasting and spinning reels .. When it comes to the spinning reel , the spoon of the reels is fixed and does not promote the effective catching of large fishes.. According to your needs and requirements, you can choose a reel out of the two that are spinning reels and baitcasting reels and get a worthwhile fishing experience.. As mentioned earlier, spinning reels are easy to use and best for beginners , it becomes obvious to understand that spinning reels are cheaper as compared to baitcasting rods.. Do not hesitate even for a while and get your fishing activity done with the cheapest reels, that is spinning reels.. If budget is a factor that you are considering while buying a reel, then a spinning reel is cheaper and you would buy baitcasting reels at an expensive price.

They see you trollin'

When trolling, vary the depth of your offerings by changing your diving bait or adding weight to your lines if trolling with spinner rigs.. Don’t snap it up as high as you would a spoon, as the hooks can foul on the line.. Rattling baits fall more slowly than spoons, but you can fix that by adding a slip sinker to your line before you tie on the bait.. WORK THE SHALLOWS Most walleye anglers concentrate on moderate to deep water, but there are fish in shallow water that are generally ignored.. Anglers who troll many lines usually use large boards that are tethered to the boat, and they clip their lines to the tether line.. Both methods work well in rivers, too, though some anglers jig as they would any other time.. TRY A NO-SLIDE BAIT When jigging with live bait, try adding a piece of plastic to the hook shank.

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