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Walleye Management

A walleye management plan for inland waters has been developed to guide the department's management effort toward maximizing both the ecological benefits and angler satisfaction of walleye fisheries. Although walleye reside in the Great Lakes, rivers and inland lakes, the plan focuses on inland waters - primarily inland lakes - because the walleye management in Great Lake waters is primarily addressed in various other existing management or rehabilitation plans.

The new walleye management plan for inland waters provides an overview of:

  • The status of the species in Michigan.
  • The biology and ecology of inland walleye populations.
  • Angler perceptions about walleye management and fishing opportunities.
  • Previous management efforts.

View Appendix F: Public comments and DNR responses

View the walleye management plan