Another angler brought a really good point on one of my past posts. He mentioned that the spawn is really late and will probably be in full effect this weekend. As good anglers and sportsman we should all try to release any spawning females that havent released their eggs yet. Most likely you will be on your favorite lake for opener and doing this will ensure that for years to come our beloved Walleye will prosper and be there for future openers and generations to come.
My question for the group is how to tell a female from a male and also how can you tell if they have released their eggs yet?
huestis33, thanks for the props I hope I helped answer some of your questions and good luck this weekend. I don't have an answer for your latest question though. Like others have wrote, look at the belly and if it's swollen and fat, then let her go back. Also, try to handle them with care...my buddies father has a 12lb. Walleye mounted in his cabin and swears she released 2 lbs. of eggs when he was displaying her for pictures. That was back in the day when they didn't practice CPR. Now they release any loaded females and any Walleye 5 lbs. or bigger. And yes, that is the lake I go to for opener and I have released many 5+pounders!
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~ Chuck Clark