Catching and Landing Those Elusive Walleye Fish

Catching & Landing Those Elusive Walleye Fish

By Jadran Z. E. Transcona

Walleye fish are great night stalkers. Hence their names and naming. It’s no accident that the word and phrase “eye” works into every known variation of the Walleyes nomenclature and great fishing legends.

Indeed many Walleye fisherman look for those great iridescent cats like eyes in the nighttime fishing waters.Much of what might be called the Walleye fish’s legends and seemingly mysterious, spooky, sets of behaviors can well be explained to great detail by their most acute and highly accurate night time vision.

Finely tuned, fully lateral line sense along with sharp hearing adds to the hunting strike mix for this favorite prey of anglers and game cooks as well.

Specifically if one examines the mechanics of a Walleye or Canadian Pickerel/s great visual acuity and precision it all boils down to a special and specific layer of reflective pigment in the specie’s retina.

Called by biologists and zoologists as the “tapetum lucidum”, this highly specialized organ gives Walleyes and Pickerel fish a huge built in advantage. They can see in dim, dusty light. However their victims, their prey at hand cannot.

Thus fish for Walleye and Walleyes; it is best and preferred to conduct your serious fishing expeditions at night and in the late evening time periods.
It is no accident that experienced anglers will inform fishing neophytes that you will almost never catch sight of a good sized Walleye in the day time periods.

If you are really serious about your Walleye or Pickerel fishing career, and want to land those “big ones’, the giant trophy sized fish specimens, you can consider it would be better to spend your days in the bar, telling your fish stories at length and your tales of how your regularly won Manitoba master anglers awards, again and again.

Because of their exceptionally sensitive eye makeup’s, Walleyes are similar to people who must wear dark sunglasses throughout the day. They as a rule shun and avoid sunlight and bright light.
Hence with their greatly light sensitive visual acuity organs, Walleyes will avoid sunlight. Indeed it can be said that absolutely cannot tolerate sunlight and bright lights.

If the water and waters are clear, and there are no shade possibilities in the “shallows “or” the narrows”, Walleye may go as deep afield as 40 feet deep (fully 12 feet), in the water to escape what might be called deadly or irritating rays.
Because, to inflame and irritate these precious tools of the Walleye fish would greatly interfere with their abilities to hunt prey, and even survive and flourish as dominant game fish in a given lake or watershed areas.

Modern scientific testing has discerned a number of Walleye traits and innate abilities and skills that directly relate to successful Walleye and Pickerel fish successful trophy fish catching and landing days and events.
First Walleye fish have strong “lateral line” motion and placement senses and sensation. Pickerel and Walleye fish can detect artificial lures in deep or murky water via ultra sensitive nerve ending along each side of the fish’s body.

Secondly Walleyes have acute hearing. Fishing in water ten feet of depth or less – then anchor your boat, carefully and quietly.
Cast to those fish in centrally located areas of water. Avoid trolling for fish, especially with an outboard motor.
Good luck and have fun fishing. Catch those trophy size Walleye.

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