I was surprised too. I’ve assumed anyway the large milky white sack instead of roe was an indicator. Like when you clean perch the males and females are obvious. Some of the 15 inch walleyes had some roe in them.
I bet a much larger % of fish kept over 26" end up on the table rather than the wall. I would personally like to see the upper slot changed to 28".
25" male walleye? I didn't know the males got that large. Guess I will have to check their gender from now on just for information.
The picture I posted was a picture of a picture developed from a negative 9 years ago. Reason for the poor photo quality.
not much happening on the lake this winter the slush is that bad. only ones out have walked pulling portables. snowmobile is the only travel, and that gets a bit iffy in some areas, no stopping, and plenty of horsepower to get through some areas.
I can’t personally answer that but I’m pretty sure 26-30 inch females do quite a bit of spawning. The over 26 allowance is for keeping anglers happy about being able to keep a “trophy” at some point, knowing that harvest is likely minimal.
I agree the table fare quality decreases with every inch past about 24. I prefer the under 20 walleyes for eating but occasionally keep one up to 24.
Over New Years weekend my wife caught a 25 that she wanted to keep. Her fish, her choice. It was a little thin and very old looking. It was a male; a big male IMO. She thought it was good when we ate it but I thought it was soft and watery. To each their own on that I guess.
Just my 2 cents.
Nice one you have there in your pic!
Do female walleyes stop spawning at a certain age/size? I am wondering if the 26" upper slot limit was picked to allow people to mount a "trophy", or keep a very large walleye for consumption.
I have never had a fish mounted, and would probably consider having a replica made if I catch a walleye over 31". I have only kept one walleye over 26" (a 28" fish caught in 2013 winter that would not have survived if released), and that fish was not very good to eat. Maybe it was at the end of its life.
My worst was on Burntside in Ely. Breaking trail across the lake, overloaded, big deep slush field. Took half the day for three of us to get out of it. Water deep enough everyone’s boots were soaked except my tall insulated rubber boots.
Sleds froze up and had to chisel out the tunnels to move again. One person in the party became ill and didn’t go out the second day. Thought it was because he got so chilled. He went to the Dr after the trip and found out he actually had a heart condition. Could’ve lost him that day. That’s my big reason I won’t expect anyone to help beyond what they’re comfortable with. Some friends are still gung ho but others will say no. I’m fine either way. I’ve got enough equipment and enough experience now that I’ll figure it out - if I’m willing to. Yesterday in that wind and alone; not so much.