The Ultimate Walleye Spawning Quiz

By: Staff
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About This Quiz

As the warm spring sunshine thaws the rivers and lakes, the walleye begin their annual migration to their spawning grounds. Take this quiz and join us in observing the walleye spawn.

What is the state fish of South Dakota?

Walleye is the state fish of South Dakota.

Where is the walleye most prized?

It is prized throughout the Midwest and especially South Dakota.

When is the best opportunity for catching walleye?

Just before the spawn, when the males congregate to await the females.

What determines the spawning season?

The water temperature is a major factor.

What time of day do the walleye prefer to spawn?

They do their spawning at night.

Where do the walleye spend the winter?

They spend the winter and fall in deep water.

Who reaches the spawning grounds first?

The males reach the area first.

How long can it take for the other partners to arrive?

The females arrive about a month after the males.

What determines the pace of the spawn?

The pace at which the waters are warmed by the sun is the main factor.

What is considered the ideal water temperature for a successful spawning?

45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.2 degrees Celsius) is considered an ideal temperature.

Where is the spawning process more rapid?

Since shallow water warms faster than deep water, spawning is faster in shallow water such as riverbeds.

What can postpone spawning?

A sudden cold spell can slow or postpone spawning.

What happens if a female has already deposited her eggs and there is an extended cold spell?

The female may reabsorb the eggs and wait for warmer weather.

How long is the total spawning process?

The process takes each walleye about four hours all at once or over successive days.

What type of terrain offers protection from predators?

Rocky, uneven surfaces offer some protection from predatory fish.

What is the effect of waves on the eggs?

Moderate waves keep the fertilized eggs oxygenated and free of silt buildup.

Why do some walleye spawn in lakes and reservoirs, while other members of the school spawn in rivers and tributaries?

This natural variation of the spawning area protects the school from annihilation as a result of a natural disaster.

Where does an earlier spawn occur?

Stream water is usually warmer and so spawning occurs there sooner.

Where do female walleye spend most of their time?

They spend most of their time in deep water where there is more shelter and food.

When do seasoned walleye fishermen prefer to fish?

They begin at dusk and often continue until late, since the walleye are nocturnal fish.

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