I wanted to let you know we did catch a tagged walleye on 6-2-2016 by Gilbert Quiroga. It was a 15” fish caught on a 1/4 oz. jig with part of a crawler. Caught at mouth of Moki on south side just past the first rock pile which was showing in early June. We knew tournament had not started so it went into the fillet pile (wish now we would have released it). I have been shocked not more have been caught. Our trip in May/June yielded 180 walleyes. I am sorry I waited until now to mention this…but lack of fish caught surprises me. Mark W.
Wayne Gustaveson response:
Thanks for the report Mark. Walleye are a springtime sport fish as they rebuild their body strength after spawning in March. As the water warms and forage is not yet abundant they feed all day long making them easy prey for anglers. After shad and sunfish spawn and water gets hot on the surface they feed mostly at night separating them from anglers who are daytime oriented. We are not surprised but know that there will be many caught in spring 2017.
Knowing one more fish was caught builds our confidence of having a big exciting walleye event next spring.
Did you happen to remember the number on the tag? That would help us with our fish distribution and movement study that we are doing in conjunction with the tagged walleye event.
If any other walleye were caught before the start date of the contest please let us know so we can update our records.
We are conducting a fish movement study as a secondary goal in the contest and would like to hear about all tagged fish that are caught.