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Common Fish Species of Northwestern Ontario

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Stizostedion vitreum
Walleye
"Yellow Pickerel"

Walleye

Description

Distinguishing Features - The largest member of the Perch family, the walleye generally has an olive-green back, with color gradually fading to a cream-color belly. The sides usually have some darker banding. The forward dorsal fin is adorned with sharp spines and the mouth has many sharp teeth; it has large, milky eyes, specially adapted for seeing in the dark.

Size - Average Weight - 1.5 kg (3 lb) but walleye over 5 kg (10 lb) are not uncommon.

Habitat

Found throughout NW Ontario around deeper shoals during the Summer and in the shallows during the spring and fall. Spawning occurs in the shallows of gravelly bays or river mouths in spring after ice break-up.

Notes

The walleye is the most popular of NW Ontario game fish, known for its delicious meat. It's diet consists mainly of minnows, leaches, insects and small crustaceans.


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