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I have an issue with the released “state record walleye”


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

I have a couple issues with the article about the "State Record" walleye article by Kenny Darwin. My first point is at 34.5 inches 17 pound 8 ounces seems quite heavy. These inexpensive hand held scales are quite often less than accurate. I have personally been blessed to catch close to 50 Walleyes 28 inch and above walleyes, including a 33.5 inch that tipped the CERTIFIED scales at just over 13 pounds. She was caught full of eggs one day before the season closed.

My point?

It has been my experience that the big females tend to run to the pound of the second number of their length. Example: a 28 inch walleye would run 8 to 8.5 pounds; a 30 inch would weigh 10-10.5 pounds. The only exception I have found is when the fish have spawned they weigh less. I have caught 30 inch fish that weigh as little as 8 pounds.

Second is the statement this is the largest fish in Michigan history caught and released. Kenny's friend and a living Michigan Walleye legend Don Leuenberger told me of catching a 36 inch fish in the White River while Steelheading. Surely Kenney would take Don at his word and recognize that fish had to weigh more than the recent 'Grand' catch. I'm certainly not taking anything away from this monster catch, but to say state record is quite a stretch?

Sincerely

Justin Wood

Sanford, MI


June 21, 2011

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