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Not Yet You Bet

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A couple of questions on what the tagged walleye contest is telling you? If you tagged 600 and have caught 25 of them then you caught about 4.2% of the tagged walleye. I know that they were tagged in areas that have probably been fished harder than those areas where fish were not tagged.

Is it fair to say that 4.2% of the walleye in the lake are being caught each year? Does this give you a way to more accurately calculate the total number of walleye in the lake? Do you have any information on how many walleye are being taken out of Lake Powell each year?

Another question is where are the big walleye, or what is happening to them? I know that there are a few larger walleye caught, but it seems like they are few and far between. What estimate do you have about how many of those 5 to 12 pounders are in the lake. I have never heard of anyone catching anything over about 6 pounds. Why are we not finding more large walleye? How old are those 15 to 18 inch walleye? Are you catching big walleye in the gill nets? Where is the spawn coming from? are those small fish spawning?

Thanks for putting more walleye information out there. I have always been a walleye wannabe fisherman, but never been able to master the walleye catching very well. I can catch a few in Lake Powell, so there must be a lot of hungry walleye in the lake.

I am gradually learning to catch more walleye, so I guess practice is paying off.
 

Squirrel

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I believe that an 8lb. walleye was caught in Moki canyon a year ago Jan. They are there, but are few and far between. Sq
 

bobco

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Great question a not yet you bet, also Wayne's are you seeing a migration of these tagged eyes?
 

Lake Bum

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I'd love to know how big of a range they have. Did you guys track the tag numbers where you released them, versus where they are being caught at?
I think the trophy sized fish are suffering the same fate that all species do in Powell. Water temperatures, huge water level fluctuations, and lack of cover make a larger fish less equipped to hunt and stay alive :cool:
 

Dorado

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I would bet the main issue with LP are water temperatures (too warm where the forage is) and making it through the lean years when a larger fish requires lots of forage fish to keep growing. That said I caught an approximately 10+ pound walleye in GHB in 2012 (did not weight it, but it was 31" and healthy). There were tons of small walleye that year and in 2013 it seemed....
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TR.

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I would bet the main issue with LP are water temperatures (too warm where the forage is) and making it through the lean years when a larger fish requires lots of forage fish to keep growing. That said I caught an approximately 10+ pound walleye in GHB in 2012 (did not weight it, but it was 31" and healthy). There were tons of small walleye that year and in 2013 it seemed....
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Ryan

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I am far from a walleye expert, but I would concur on the smaller fish. All of them seem skinny, especially the bigger ones. Dad caught a 26" two years ago, and I don't think it was 4 pounds.

 
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