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In Arizona's White Mountains we've got Walleye too!

Angler's both young and old enjoy year round fishing in the White Mountains. Walleye are just one of the many species of fish available to the avid fisherman! In Arizona, anglers may take fish by one line with hooks or artificial lures. Purchase of a "two pole"stamp on Arizona's fishing license allows anglers to fish simultaneously with two poles.

Fishing in Arizona is governed by Arizona State Law. A valid fishing license is required. Licenses may be obtained from the Arizona Game & Fish Department or any authorized vendor.

(Stizostedion vitreum)

World Record: 25 lbs.

Arizona Record: 12 lbs caught at Show Low Lake in 1989.

Walleye are a Non-native species of fish introduced to Arizona in 1957. The Walleye has yellow-olive coloring with a brassy cast. The sides of the fish are brassy-yellow with dark mottling. The belly is white. You will find a dark spot at the rear of the spiny dorsal fin. The Anal fin and lower lobe of the tail fin are white. Eyes are opaque-silver in color. Moderate canine-like teeth. Length: 12-29 inches. Weight: 10 oz. to over 12 pounds.

Location & Habitat: Found in Lake Powell, Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Lake Mary, Show Low Lake and Fool's Hollow Lake. Walleye are bottom oriented fish, due to their sensitivity to light, preferring to stay in deep water during the day, moving to shallow waters during the night. Spawn in spring, in relatively shallow water, over clean gravel or rocky bottoms.

Food: Walleye prefer fish but will eat crayfish and worms. In Arizona, their main diet is threadfin shad,

Angling: Because of light-sensitive eyes, walleyes feed more actively early in the morning, late in the evening, or at night. Effective lures and baits include, minnows, nightcrawlers, jigs, spinners and minnow imitating plugs. Fishing with minnows is unlawful in Lake Powell, Lake Mary, Show Low Lake and Fool's Hollow Lake.

Table Quality: Considered one of the finest tasting fish available. The meat is white, flaky and has a very mild flavor.

Photo & Information courtesy Arizona Game & Fish Department.