Common Family: The Perch Family
Common Name: Walleye
Scientific Name: Stizostedion vitreum
Walleye are yellow-olive green in color with streaks and blotches of dark pigment. The underside of this fish is white. The spiny dorsal fin can be dusky or clear but usually has a black blotch at its base. They also have a white tip on the lower lobe of the tail.
Range and Habitat:
Walleye are native to Indiana and are found in large rivers and reservoirs.
Adult walleye eat primarily fish and crayfish. Walleye are generally found on the bottom of a pool or near rocky structure. Walleye are most active at dawn and dusk and jigging with bright-colored baits is an effective fishing strategy.
There are fewer soft dorsal rays on sauger and they also have oblique spots on the spinous dorsal fin. See also the description for saugeye.