Canadian & American surveys of the upper
Columbia, above ,
indicate that up to 70% of the native fish species spawned within the system are
eaten by walleye before reaching maturity. Short of pulling down the dams &
allowing the river to flush, there is no plan other than suppression for
reducing their numbers. Biologists think if the 70% depredation rate can be
decreased by about 7%, native trout may remain sustainable. Toward that goal, Lake Roosevelt Washington &
have suspended catch limits on walleye, as well as other introduced, non-native
species – channel catfish, bass, & northern pike. Oregon
Always has to be some dufus who wants those fish like he caught back home in
Walleye were illegally bucketed into the upper Wisconsin in the 1950’s, & from there have
fenestrated downstream to inhabit the entire river. Below Chief Joseph Dam,
where there are still salmon, walleye munch salmon smolts. Columbia
It’s not a good situation.
Walleye are good, filleted & fried, but they are not good fighters. A big one is good for a short, bulldogging fight, but that’s it.
In fall, during the October caddis hatch, walleye move onto those areas which traditionally concentrate trout, to feed on the big fall caddis. For a few evenings in September walleye were thick on one of my favorite trouting locations, & quick to take the swung October caddis imitation – so I did what anybody would do.
Filleting those sacks of walleye was a task nearing commercial proportions, but was worth it. Invitations were sent out, beer was brought in. The friends from up & down the river had a great time at the fish fry.
(Some of us had too good a time.)
And in the end, everybody agreed that skillet biology was a pretty good way to counter the harmful affects of bucket biology.
We do our best.