The walleye is a popular freshwater fish in parts of the Mid Atlantic region. The species is often associated with large, cold water lakes and reservoirs. They are one of the most sought after species in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Walleye are also found in several rivers of the region, including the Susquehanna, Delaware and others. In some watersheds, walleye occur in small creeks and other tributaries. Walleye are sometimes caught together with their smaller cousin, the sauger.

Walleye are named for their odd appearing eyes, which glow at night. Their specialized eyes make them shy away from direct sunlight but at night they become exceptional predators.

Because of their affinity for baitfish, anglers often fish for walleye with live minnows. They are also caught with artificial lures including jigs, specialized bottom-bouncing rigs, and other lures.

Walleye are said to be among the best tasting of all freshwater fish. They yield all-white fillets of the highest quality.

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