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Walleyes hot! any catches with growths on them?

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Three of us went up to mille lacs on thursday and boated 45 walleyes. had about 10 between 16 and 16 1/2", that had to be let go. maybe the should loosen the limit to 16 1/2"....J/k. I've noticed this in the past, and on my most recent trip. Has any one else been catching walleye with tumor type growths on them?
Time to go musky hunting though, no matter how hot the walleyes are. Good fishing all!

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I did catch a couple (20"") that had some growths on their backs and tails. Didn't examine it too much though. Also caught one that looked like he had 9 lives.... looked like a musky or northern got ahold of him within a week or-so!

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We also caught two walleyes that looked like a muskie or some other large predator had gotten a hold of them. The amazing thing is that both of these fish were 22" and 25". These wounds seemed to be very recent,...not wounds from surviving an attack when they were younger.

It seems to me that the lack of bait fish is starting to spread further up the food chain!

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I noticed that the walleyes looked gaunt. Thought it was probably the whole lack of food thing but someone mentioned the males are plenty fat and these were probably females that have just spawned and are just now starting to feed. Which is it? Or is it a combination of both of these factors?

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caught a 27" walleye that went about 4 pounds at that length it should of been closer to 8 pounds. The fish didn't even fight - eye socket looked too big for it's eyes - fins looked fragile - it looked like it was starving - fed it a leach, when i released it.

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I was able to finally get my wife out in the boat on Sat. afternoon. We boated 13 fish in 3 hours. We are on the gravel and the longer fish seemed to be be a few pound shy of normal. One 26" fish was under 4 pounds and one just over 26" was rightat 4 pounds. Both fish were all head and very little stomach. They just didn't look healthy. We also caught a number of smaller fish with hooks in them.

Are others recatching fish? Or was this just an oddity?

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I was able to finally get my wife out in the boat on Sat. afternoon. We boated 13 fish in 3 hours. We are on the gravel and the longer fish seemed to be be a few pound shy of normal. One 26" fish was under 4 pounds and one just over 26" was rightat 4 pounds. Both fish were all head and very little stomach. They just didn't look healthy. We also caught a number of smaller fish with hooks in them.

Are others recatching fish? Or was this just an oddity?

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Reply from DNR after reporting a tagged fish: Dear angler,
>
> Thank you for your report of a tagged fish. We are busy entering our
> data from this spring, and when we are finished we will send you
> information on where and when your fish was tagged.
>
> Also, what day did you catch this fish, was it harvested or released,
> and if released was the tag left in the fish?
>
> Regarding your observation of "fungus", it is likely that what you saw
> was the result of a virus common to walleye called Lymphocystis
> (although I cannot be sure without looking at the fish). This virus is
> especially common during periods of high stress like spawning. We
> observe it on some walleyes every spring. It is not usually harmful to
> the fish, and is harmless to humans. The wart like lesions will usually
> fall off later in the year.
>
> Thank you again.
>
> MN DNR Fisheries

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Was out on Sun. three of us caught 23 from 7 in the morn til 3 in the afternoon. Caught lots of nice fish, 27", 3-25". Fished in the SW part of the lake. Bobbers in 12' and lindy-rigs in 15-25ft, all on leeches. We caught 2 fish with hooks in their mouths. None of the fish looked real healthy. We caught 2 tagged fish. Most of the fish looked like they weren't in real good condition, although a little better than the opener from what I saw.

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I've seen a lot of fish with these growths also. I was told that one of the reasons for this was due to the fish being handled more often and losing some of their protective coating. I'm not sure whether or not this is true, but would be interested in hearing from people with more knowledge. If this is true it's another good reason to get these fish back in the water with as little handling as possible.

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Norsky

We went out on Sunday afternoon from about 2 till 8pm and released about 30 walleyes from 16 1/4 to 28". We were fishing straight out from the Sha bosh Kong landing by the casino. On the first drift I caught a 22" walleye. About 5 minutes later my fiance tells me she thinks she's snagged and then the snag starts swimming!!! After a long battle, about 10 minutes or so, she finally gets this big muskie up to the boat. It measured 44" and had a very nice girth. Now she thinks she's some kind of pro fisherwoman or something, I wouldn't be too surprised now if I came home one day and my boat was gone! Anyway, we did notice that one of the walleyes did have some little "tumors" on it. I'll be heading back up next Monday, hopefully the eyes will still be biting well after the big mayfly hatch. If any of you get Minnesota Sportsman magazine-June issue, check out the readers photos, I'm the one with the 39" northern (Nathan Z.)

[This message has been edited by Norsky (edited 06-11-2002).]

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huskminn

Thanks for your post D-Man. I am thinking that must be what these folks are seeing on the walleyes and what I have also seen in past seasons on Mille Lacs.

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on the weekend of 6/1 and 6/2 we caught about 34 walleyes and I would say about ten of these fish had those growths on them. They looked like puss balls ranging about 3 to 6 in a group around the walleyes head. Looked very gross and I would also post a concern. This has nothing to do with tagged fish and was wondering if it was a result of hunger. I going to post this question with the dnr cause I never seen anything like this before. all these fish were caught in indian bay. I'll keep you posted on what I find out.

yes the fishing is the best its ever been but boy did the dnr wreck this lake.

JonesHat11

[Editors note: Please do not attack a race of people, it is not allowed. It is ok to agree or disagree with the law and it is ok to agree or disagree with a Groups policies, but please make sure you are specific with it, otherwise it may come of as racially motivated.

In other words, to say the Supreme Court ruling is wrong and the reasons why is certainly ok. To say the Chippewa Bands or Fond du lac bands, etc, policies are wrecking the lake would be ok as well. Just as it is ok to say the DNR's policies are wrecking the lake is ok. It is also ok to agree with these decisions and groups policies.

In other words, it's best to go after laws and policies rather than a group of people.

A group or race of people cannot all be painted with the same brush stroke. You might be surprised that many Chippewa also disagree with the policies their leaders put forth, some wanting to be more compromising and some less. That is a fact.

My only point is that fanning racial discord is counter-productive and certainly not allowed here]

[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 06-13-2002).]

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I was out all weekend and literally caught as many as I wanted to not braggen but you all know how it is going. We burned up a pound of leeches and sacraficed a bunch of chartruce hooks. They loved those with a 8 foot snell.
By the way have you guys had your radio on channel 69 I have given a few hollers but no replis.
Keep throwing those hungry fish back I caught multiple fish with hooks in them. only 1 tagged one so far.

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ds

If this is your idea of a wrecked lake then I hope the DNR wreckes a whole bunch more. I have gone out 3 times with a pound of leeches each time, and I have run out.

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Thanks for all the info. It's nice to at least have an idea of what is on some of these fish. Most of the fish i caught last week on the east side all were actually quite plump. Never really noticed any of the "skinny" fish that seem to show up. It is quite interesting how often these fish with growths on them are caught. Sounds like a few of you are catching good size walleyes with battle scars. I'd like to see that muskie who thinks he can chomp on a 26" walleye. good luck fishing, and toss those 'eyes back quick, keep em healthy.

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I was concerned about the growths on the walleyes. My wife and I were fishing up on Big Winnie on the opener. She pulled up a nice heathly 19" incher that was covered in warts! She didn't even want to touch it we released the fish right away. I was concerned because I've never herd of this before and never seen it either! It was quite grose looking. The only thing that came to mind was a something to do with stocked fish? maybe some kind of out break while the fry were in the hatchery? reports were the fish were in 20" class well that year could have had bad fry? I don't know maybe somebody could give me the answer or their own theory on why these warts are breaking out on our much loved walleyes?
Thanks Brettskee

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