Outdoor Skills - Fishing Q&A

Q: Are walleyes more sensitive to light than other fish? -Dale Mitchell, Eagle, Wis.

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A: Absolutely. This helps explain much walleye behavior, such as their tendency to hang deep during the day and feed over shallow reefs or flats after dark. The eyes of a walleye (and a sauger) have an unusual reflective membrane in the retina that enhances their light-gathering power, much like those of a deer or other nocturnal animal.