Pickerel (Walleye)

Sander vitreus vitreus

Average weight: Up to 2.3 kg (5 lbs)

These large fighting Perch, also known as Walleye, can be caught in the Mackenzie River watershed as far north as the Mackenzie Delta, and in the tributary streams and rivers of Great Slave Lake. They tend to school in turbid areas near sunken logs or shoals.

Pickerel have two dorsal fins, the front one with sharp spines. Their colour ranges from olive to golden brown to yellow, with golden flecks.  A lean fish, with snowy white flesh, Walleye are excellent eating. The best lures include a spinner, spoon, plug, jig or streamer flies. 

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