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Lots of dead Walleye!

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Hey everyone i was on the big pond on tue and wed. i noticed on wed. dead walleye floating all over counted over 20 of em,2 of em were at least 30" for sure!,one was still alive kinda,i grabed him to look closer and noticed red spots on the fish.anyone have any idea as to what caused this?
I did manage to pull in a half a dozen nice northerns and one smaller musky,and a couple walleye late tue. night

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We noticed the same thing last weekend. We spent most of our time fishing muskies in Vineland bay, but did make it out to the mud flats for a short while. Lots of dead walleyes.

We didn't examine any, and most seemed to be in th 20-25" category. I just chalked it up to catch and release mortality.

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I noticed a lot of dead walleyes in cove and walkon bays around the fourth of July. I also saw a couple out in the gravel flats outside these areas. I don't fish the big pond much but I don't recall ever seeing many dead walleyes. My theory is that some fishermen who are disgusted with the slot limit are killing or injuring fish that are not in the slot limit before releasing them as a protest to the slot limit. I can see how some might think that if they can't have that fish that nobody else(native or non-native) should.

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id bet that alot of the fish got caught and swallowed the hook and or not properly released,because we are forced to release the fish if its not in the slot,but i wouldnt doubt some people killing the fish as you said,I hope thats not the deal

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Skipper

Is it Wanton Waist from those that are allowed to net the most etc.

Why are we so quick to blame our own??

I think other wise with the walleys being so deep that people are probably just bringing them up to fast and this destroys there air sac and that kills them, this being more likely.

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Big T

I saw something like what you described several years ago on Winnie. Walleye and other species of fish were dead and dying. It was in an area of shallow water with no weeds. I talked with a DNR fisheries biologist about it. He had said that when the weather is hot and calm for an extended period of time that the dissolved o2 can be used up in shallow water. Fish wander into the shallows and die. Wind and cooler water temps will replenish the o2. Could this be what you saw?

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Scott

I didn't see a lot of dead walleyes this weekend,but there sure were a lot of dead tulibees floating around.

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dk

I also saw a lot of dead tulibees also. I think I only saw one dead walleye. I would think a released walleye would be pretty stressed out coming from deep cool water to the top where the water is warm. This could be why people are seeing dead walleyes.

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GullGuide

Hummmmmmm...a tulibee die off huh?
Could make for some awsome Muskie fishing!
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waterfowler

I put over 20 miles on this weekend, according to the GPS, and never saw one dead eye. I did see tons of tulibee though, on all areas we fished.

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Mille lacs always has a tullibee die off this time of year.

[This message has been edited by D-man (edited 07-31-2001).]

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D-MAN--just several question's ;;give us your opion; tullies die, perch thrive- will there be an invasion of big perch , like a few years ago? (and the eyes didnt have to bite our bait) now I came from the old school of fisherman;;;if one of the spiece's eat's the other or dies off, and is no longer there somebody's going to come out smoken the next year. Correct me if I'm wrong--tullies eat everything in site--fry's, + all and arnt fussy? second ? how much does a pearch gain in weight and length each year?- my opinion is there's a perch paridice there next year

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Tullies die simply from low oxygen levels from increasing water temps. As far as the one dies off the other gets better thing its really hard to tell. I would imagine that more tullies get netted every year rather than die from warm water temps. Its all in the food chain and avaible bait that will determine fish hatches and sizes. But with the recent tribal netting the DNR has no clue what to think now. I do believe we need to keep less jumbo perch and take some smaller ones to eat. Just like in other lakes when panfish get stunted. Its hard to say, i guess thats mother natures and the DNR's job. How has that 15-MT treatin ya

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Just a note:
Was swimming on the East Side with the kids. Beautiful day. But, saw several dead eyes around a pound or so floating on the top. Had to keep my lab from swimming out to get one.

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