Walleye

Latin Name:  Sander vitreus

Found in the family Percidae this freshwater gamefish can be found from Alabama to the Northwest territories of Canada. The Walleye is the official state fish of Minnesota and is sought after in many parts of the country for angling sport as for food. Most often these fish are pursued at night as they are nocturnal hunters. The name “Walleye” comes from the reflective layer found in the back of their eyes that help to gather as much light as possible while hunting insects, fish, frogs, and crayfish at night. These fish may grow up to 25 pounds and up to 29 years of age.