Minnesota designated walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) as the official state fish in 1965. Walleyes are a popular game fish found throughout Minnesota's lakes and rivers.
Walleyes are most at home in the large, clear, cool lakes of Minnesota’s northern forests. Their eyes are sensitive to light, so they go to deep, dark waters during the day and move to shallow areas at night. Minnesota’s record walleye weighed 17 pounds, 8 ounces. They are called walleye because their eyes reflect light.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocks walleye in about 1,000 lakes covering roughly 1 million acres (Minnesota has a total of about 2 million acres of walleye water).