Walleye is a freshwater fish native to the majority of of Canada and to the northern United States. It is a North American close relation of the European pike perch. The walleye is often also called the yellow walleye to distinguish it from the blue walleye, which happens to be an extinct subspecies at one time seen in the southern Great Lakes.
Genetically, walleyes show a just amount of fluctuation across watersheds. Generally, fish within a watershed are rather alike and are genetically distinguishable from those of next watersheds. The species has been unnaturally spread for over a century and has been planted on top of existing populations or presented into bodies of water naturally destitute of the species, often reducing the overall genetic difference. Second only to the largemouth bass, the walleye is a favorite for anglers in North America. Not only do they put up a solid fight, they are great to eat fresh out of the pan.
Walleye Fishing Equipment
Walleye fishing consists of three items the rod, reel and line. Knowing the right equipment and lures to use will pay off in quantity and quality of fish, making fishing much more fun and enjoyable. A spinning rod and reel is the first part in the equipment process. This type of rod will allow you to work both jigs and light cranks. A medium action graphite rod between six or seven feet long is the right choice, add a quality spinning reel with eight or ten pound test line and you are ready to go.