A good walleye is under 3 lbs, or over 10 lbs. The smaller ones are for eating, the larger for hanging on the wall. Anything between those sizes is for laying fertile eggs, and is more valuable to the future of the fishery than it is to any angler’s ego. Nice fish.
Generally, walleye in Lake of the Woods reach 12 inches long when they are three years old. Male walleye start to mature when they are 12 inches long, 3 years old, but it is not until they are 16 inches long, 5 years old, that all male walleye are sexually mature. Male walleye longer than 24 inches are extremely rare.
Trophy Fish Size Chart
|Walleye||5 lbs.||25 “|
|White Bass||2 lbs.||16 “|
|White Crappie||2 lbs.||15 “|
|White Perch||1 lb, 4 oz.||13 “|
A 30 inch walleye averages 16 to 25 years old. Growth rates largely depend on habitat quality and forage abundance. After reaching maturity around year three, walleye grow between 0.5 and 1 inch per year.
Considering walleye like prolonged low light conditions, the best time of year to fish for walleye is in the spring and the fall. The months of March through May and August through October tend to be the most productive for walleye fishing.
|Length (inches)||Weight (pounds)||Length (inches)|
Walleye depth movement over the course of each day At noon on a bright sunlit winter day, walleye are usually always found in the deeper basins around 30-40 feet. But as the sun starts to set, they move into more shallow water to hunt their prey in waters that are 10-25 feet deep.
|Walleye Weights||Walleye Age|
|15″ fish is 1.2 lbs.||2 Year old is 14 inches|
|16″ fish is 1.5 lbs.||3 Year old is 17 inches|
|17 ” fish is 1.8 lbs.||4 Year old is 19 inches|
|18″ fish is 2.2 lbs.||5 Year old is 21 inches|
Female walleyes grow faster and become larger than males. The males reach maturity in two or three years, when they are 12 to 13.5 inches long; females mature in four to five years, at lengths of 15 to 17 inches (Fig. 2). On average, walleyes live to be about seven years old, but older specimens have been caught.
A trophy is in the eye of the beholder. Some folks may feel that a 28-29″ walleye is a trophy because it is their personal best. Over the years I’ve heard many folks contend that when you hit the 30″ mark, that constitutes a trophy. In your case, a 26″ walleye may be a trophy for the body of water you were fishing on.
Remember, walleye have just spent an entire winter in deep cold water, mainly hibernating. As water temperatures start to rise, fish become more active. Keep your trolling speeds on the slower side and work methodically. If you’re using crank-baits, start your trolling speeds around 1 mph.
Usually, anything between 8-20 pounds would be considered a trophy bass. There is an argument that to be considered a trophy largemouth bass, the fish must be at least 51% of the world record. This idea would mean that a bass would need to weigh at least 11 pounds, 3 ounces to be considered a trophy.
Walleyes also possess color vision, based on analysis of the structure of the light-sensitive cones. Scientists tell us walleyes should see red, orange, and yellow the best, followed by green. Theory also suggests walleyes see blue and violet less well, and these colors may even appear black.
For casting to walleye, you can either choose 100 percent fluorocarbon or braid with a fluorocarbon leader. 10-20 lb braid with an 8-12 lb leader for casting lures. If you choose fluorocarbon, 8-12 lbs will suffice.
So let the record be known in the walleye world that the world record walleye of 25 pounds which measured 41 inches in length was caught by Mabry Harper in the great state of Tennessee in 1960 was a most well documented claim and there has never been any evidence to prove the contrary.