Haven't really targeted walleye that much, but I recently caught one while kayak fishing with a little swim bait. Do people go by length or weight when they talk about their personal best walleye? I measured the one I recently caught. My PB in length is 21 1/4, but I didn't have a scale to weigh it. If you're interested, the video of this fish is below. It's caught around the 11 minute mark of the vid if you're interested.
PB Walleye - Do you go by length or weight?
Just seen this forum. Funny cause I just told the wife I might get want a scale for Christmas. With no scale I've always went by length. I have never personally caught a walleye over 27 3/4". cant seem to break that mark. Have caught at least 20 over the years over 27". So I'm assuming I haven't broke the 8lb mark yet. Did see a 30" come into my boat by my brother.
All the big walleyes I have caught have either came from Koshkonong, Castle Rock, Petenwell, or Pepin. Maybe I should try Green Bay for an 8 +.
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Length for me too, so many fish that come in the boat get measured and never weighed.
My biggest was a late February Walleye from through the ice on Erie that measured 32.5".
It has always ben weight all records are by weight.That said a 30 inch eye is a good fish.
Length for sure. Was never a walleye fisherman until I hooked into a 27" fish at the Sauk dam in 2008. I've caught several 27" to 29" inch fish on the Madison chain but have yet to break 30". Nothing better than setting the hook on a small "tick" that turns out to be an eight to ten pound fish. I pretty much just use medium fathead minnows. That way I can catch other species as well. I get bored fast throwing lures. May you all catch a 30" this fall. Rat.
Size or weight is not as important to me as who was with me when it was caught!
I have been blessed to catch several walleye over 30". (personnel best 32.5")
A 30 in. eye from Erie, Green Bay, Lake of the Woods are all great catches and worthy of the money spent at the taxidermist.
That being said all those bodies of water are know for quick growing fish, because their diets are seldom stressed by a lack of forage. A trophy from some waters is a matter of opinion, due to the overall layout of the watershed it has lived in.
I have 3 walleye mounts, a clean bright white and gold 30" from Bay de noc, a 30.25" old (10.3#) dark walleye from the Wolf River, and a 25" clean golden eye from the Willow Flowage. The age class is in the area of : BDN= 8-10 yrs., Wolf River 15-20 yrs., Willow 8-10 yrs. How many miles did that Wolf River walleye migrate up the river from the lower lakes?
All three fish are special to me because of the place, time, and people I was fishing with when I caught them. That is what I enjoy the most when I admire them.
If it is a pretty fish and you had a great time catching it preserve the moment, that is more important than length or width or weight.
My 2 cents, Mac
Length. A 30" walleye can lose 3-4# of eggs just by spawning. She'll still be 30" though.
The length is what’s recognized by record keepers and in all regulations. The weight can vary from fish to fish and not a true measurement. You can have a short fish that weighs a lot or a long fish that doesn’t.
Length first. for me weight really don't matter but it's nice to know