Muskies and other gamefish are not the problem with the Boot lake walleye population. It's habitat and fisherman harvest that has lead to the decline in walleye numbers.
Here's a prime example- I fish Green Bay extensively for muskie all summer long and i see the same two retired guys in a red Lund walleye fishing. They have their limit almost every time we cross paths but on the odd occasion they don't have their 10 fish they proceed to blame either the muskie or pike out there? These two fools probably keep a couple hundred fish each a year and seem to think the problem lies elsewhere. The great depression is over my friends you don't need to live off the land. That is where Muskie/Bass fisherman differ from walleye guys and I love walleye fishing myself. Walleye fisherman Catch, cook and repeat. Bass/Muskie Catch, release and repeat. Big difference in mentalities.
For what it's worth if they took a couple of test lakes and made them catch and release only you would see the walleye population come back. And just maybe then the average bar stool biologist would finally see that the problem is with the angler harvest and not the muskie/pike population.
How can the best lakes in Canada for both Muskie and Pike also have world class walleye populations? By some of the beliefs i see and hear there shouldn't even be rocks left on the bottom because the blasted pike/muskie should have eaten all of those too.