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I have heard people talk about 'Eyes with worms and I have seen some fish with spots, but what I saw on Saturday night was creepy.Very creepy and very gross.

I finally caught a walleye on Big Pine lake near Perham. It was a 10-incher and I was excited. At least we were in the game.

As I went for the hook, Isaw that his whole mouth and his entire thoat was covered with these dark dark grey worm-like creatures. They were attaached to his mouth and they seemed to move by themselves -- Like worms or leeches.

What the heck were they? Yuck.

Can I get some opinions on this. Should I contact DNR?

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I think your little walleye found himself a school of "young of the year leeches" and was feeding on them. Did you clean the fish?? I bet it's stomach was filled with them. They are harmless and shouldn't have been in the meat at all.

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Thanks for the reply. If they were leeches, they looked pretty gross.

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I think they were mayfly or other newly hatched larvae. I've seen them in a walleye's mouth lots of times on lots of lakes. They come out of the mud and the walleyes feast on them. When you see those big black masses on your graph right off the bottom with some fish around them, that's sometimes what you're seeing is these newly hatched worms.

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