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Yellow Pike / Walleye
Question
I came across an old fishing story that said the popularity of yellow pike fishing was growing. I've lived in various places around the country and I never heard of a yellow pike. Are there yellow pike in Pennsylvania? What else can you tell me about this fish?
Answer
One of the many nicknames for walleye is "yellow pike." Walleye have also been called been called "Susquehanna salmon" and even "pickerel." All these nicknames put it in the wrong fish family - walleye are neither a pike cousin nor a salmon. It's the biggest, toothiest member of the perch family.

Walleye - click for more informationThe name "walleye" refers to the fish's large, milky eye that looks luminous when light is shined on it. The eye has a reflecting membrane behind the retina, which causes this effect. The species name "vitreum" means "glassy," and refers to the appearance of the eye.

Walleyes are native to central North America and Canada, including the Ohio River and Great Lakes drainages. A popular sport fish and table fare, they have been extensively stocked - including in this state. In Pennsylvania they are now found throughout the state. Walleye are often the top predator fish in their habitat, eating other fishes, as well as frogs, crayfish, and large insect larvae. Although they can be caught at any time of day, night fishing or fishing the dim depths with live bait or fish imitation lures and jigs is effective for catching walleyes.

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