• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Guest

Walleyes hot! any catches with growths on them?

Recommended Posts

Guest

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Grabs

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Thomas

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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

------------------
MILLE LACS AREA GUIDE SERVICE
651-271-5459 http://fishingminnesota.com/millelacsguide/
click here

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Flick

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
joneshat11

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).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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.

------------------
<;(((><

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • DLD24
      Do you have any tips for fishing Fish Lake this time of year? I'm gonna try it out in the next few days... Is it typically an early morning, late evening bite or can you get them all day long? Thanks for any info.
    • PRO-V
      Calling them would be your best bet. Maybe you can reserve some on a card.
    • delcecchi
      starft you off.... https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=69066000 http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/data/lakemaps/b0537011.pdf Status of the Fishery Ely Lake is located approximately 2 miles SE of the city of Eveleth. This popular lake is highly developed with homes and cabins. There is a small seaplane base and two public swimming beaches also located there. Water clarity is good and large amounts of aquatic vegetation can be found throughout the lake. 

      There is a concrete planked boat ramp and dock located near the NE end of the lake off Cedar Island Drive (CR629) for public access. The parking space is somewhat limited near the ramp. Several private accesses are also present. 

      Thirteen species of fish were sampled during the 2017 survey on Ely Lake. Gill nets, trap nets and night electrofishing were all used to sample the fish community. Small bluegill were common in the gill net catch (34%) and abundant in the trap net catch (57%). Other panfish species including hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, green sunfish and black crappie were also sampled in good numbers. Largemouth bass outnumbered smallmouth bass in the 2017 sample. Walleye (16%) contributed to the gill net catch and several were sampled in the trap nets. Yellow perch are present in average amounts and some good sized pike were again sampled during the 2017 survey. 

      Bluegill numbers in 2017 (72.1/trap net) were much higher than the long term average (31.6/trap net) on Ely Lake and greatly above average (7.9/trap net) compared to other similar lakes in the area. The average bluegill sampled was 5.6 inches long and about 6 years old. Approximately 66% of the bluegill sampled with the trap nets were under 6 inches with a maximum size recorded of 8.0 inches. Bluegill sampled with the gill nets had a similar size structure. Approximately 7% of the hybrid sunfish sampled in the trap nets were 8 inches or larger. Several pumpkinseeds were also in this size range. 

      Largemouth bass (92%) and smallmouth bass (8%) were sampled during the night electrofishing effort. The average largemouth sampled was 10.9 inches which is similar to the historic average of 10.6 inches. The biggest largemouth sampled was 18.5 inches. Approximately 33% of the largemouth sampled were 12 inches or larger. The average smallmouth sampled was 9.8 inches which is slightly larger than the historic average (8.4 inches). The largest smallmouth sampled was 16.8 inches long. Approximately 32% of the smallmouth sampled were 12 inches or larger. Largemouth bass were also sampled from the gill nets and trap nets in numbers above average. 

      Walleye numbers in 2017 (6.2/gill net) were similar to the historic average (6.1/gill net) on Ely Lake and slightly above average (5.0/gill net) when compared to other similar area lakes with walleye. The average walleye sampled was 15.5 inches and about 4 years old. Approximately 34% of the walleye sampled were 15 inches or larger up to a maximum of nearly 29 inches. Walleye fingerlings are currently being stocked during even-numbered years and in 2017 approximately 62% of the walleye aged came from years where stocking occurred. 

      Northern pike numbers in 2017 (1.1/gill net) were similar to the historic average (1.3/gill net) and below average (3.2/gill net) compared to other similar area lakes with pike. The average pike sampled was 26.8 inches which is similar to the historic average length of 26.3 inches. The largest pike sampled in 2017 was 35.2 inches long and sampled with a trap net. 
    • gizmoguy
      Yes they do. Many resorts are set up for summer usage. Understand you can't use your FH in the storage lots. Only in a summer use lot. You have to pay for it. The cost is in addition to your winter fees. Usually more $ but the season is longer. The county requires the resorts to have bathroom facilities within a certain distance. Mac's Twin Bay has summer lots as do many others. Hunter's Point is another. Doubt Brandt's is set up for summer.
    • DRAGFOOT
      Sweet! Heading back up tonight through the weekend. Bringing the wife and little one this time instead of my buddies, hopefully the weather cooperates.
    • Neutz68
      Heading up Sat morning and will be looking for Shiners. Anyone know if the Gateway and/or Kab Outdoors have them in stock??    Thanks for the input.
    • crappieslapper
      Hi Guys & Gals, My brother in law recently purchased a property on Ely Lake. All the boys are invited up this year on Memorial. Unfortunately nobody in the family has been on the lake before. I thought I would reach out to the pros here on the forum to see if anyone would be willing to give us a few tips on fishing this lake. Thanks in advance, Dan
    • crappieslapper
      Hey Forum, My brother in law just purchased on Ely Lake. Memorial weekend will be the first time on lake. Wondering if anyone has some experience/tips they would be willing to offer the Ely lake rookies. Thanks so much. Dan
    • huntnfish
      I made it out last Sunday and did some searching for walleye. The search didn't produce any walleyes, just northerns and smallies. The water temp on the main lake was 58-59 with the bays being about 5 degrees warmer. The people I have talked to have had similar issues finding the eyes. We missed some fish that left the shiner all chewed up. Most of the fish marked were out in that 18-21 foot range which seemed pretty deep for this early. It could have been Saturday's cold front that pushed them a little deeper though. 
    • Hoey
      SRJ - Thanks for the report.  I heard the bite was very-good to excellent, off the rocks/reefs, in the mud/sand.  I will be at the lake fishing this weekend.