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US Fish and Wildlife
Fishing for Walleye on Lake Roosevelt
One of the most popular sport fish in the northern and central United States has developed a similar reputation in Washington, and specifically at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, in the last couple of decades. Known for its exquisite flavor and large size, this newcomer called "walleye" is providing additional excitement and opportunity in a state already rich with fishing resources.
The walleye's appeal is certainly not its lethargic fight, although fish get so big here they can generate intense interest and excitement. Rather, it is their performance at the dinner table that keeps anglers returning, trip after trip. Many people consider walleyes to be the best-flavored white-fleshed fish in freshwater. Aficionados of yellow perch (a close relative of the walleye) might disagree, but not vociferously. Both are superb in a number of recipes with the walleye's larger size contributing bigger portions.
One characteristic that helps identify the walleye is its large, opaque-white eyes.This feature is an adaptation to the fish's habits and preferences, and a clue forte perceptive angler. The large eyes have extremely fine light receptivity to see prey in dimly lit waters. Walleyes evolved in turbid waters and in deep lakes and this ability to "see in the dark" has provided the necessary edge to survive.
Did You Know?
Lake Roosevelt's sturgeon are 8 to 20 feet long. They are also at least 70 years old. In 1941, Grand Coulee Dam flooded the fast-moving waters they need to spawn. To help out the population, the state of Washington introduced new fish to the lake in 2006.