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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Walleye?

I was fishing a small lake in the poconos in a private development where my grandmother owns a house this weekend. I know they have stocked trout and have a very healthy bass population but I was surprised when I caught this...



The board in the picture is 8 or 10" wide (for size reference)

I've never caught one before so this would be my first. I've fished this lake since I was a kid (I'm 29 now) and have never caught anything other than the usual Largemouth, trout, perch, sunfish, catfish and pickerel.

Is it possible this was a naturally occurring fish or would it have to have been stocked? We caught 2 that day, not sure if they were the same fish or not but they were from the same hole, both were caught on medium shiners. One looked bigger than the other. Both were released back into the lake.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 01:22 PM
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Re: Walleye?

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Re: Walleye?

Walleye are a schooling fish so it is normal to catch multiple fish from the same spot.

Whether they are naturally occuring or not is a good question. Walleye are a fish of rivers and streams and also many mesotrophic and oligotrophic lakes. They can be found in impoundments but need gravel bars to reproduce. If the lake you were fishing is a dam on a large creek, they may have come from the creek. If it is a large, rocky bottom lake, they were probably stocked at some point but the ones you caught may have hatched in the wild as the offspring of stocked fish.

If the lake you were fishing is a mud-bottomed pond or other small lake, they were stocked and are unlikely to reproduce.
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Re: Walleye?

The lake is a mixture of mud bottom and sandy/pebbly bottom. It's a man made lake that has very cold springs that come up from the lake floor in certain areas. I've swam in the lake and it can go from 70degrees to pockets of 50-60degree water fairly quickly.

I think a good portion of the bottom is muddy but I can't say for certain. They have a large swimming area where the bottom is sandy/rocky smaller than what you'd find in a fish tank. The edges of the lake are rocky to a point then it goes to mud.
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