Idaho Has ‘Eyes!

13 Oct

Yes, indeed, Idaho has Walleye fishing. Now one doesn’t normally think of Idaho and excellent Walleye fishing in the same thought. Idaho is a cold water mecca, right? Lots of Trout water, Steelhead runs, and Salmon migrations, right? Yes, all of the above statements are true. But, hold on there all you would be adventure seekers in Idaho and beyond. Idaho has some very good warm water fishing also. Bass are becoming more and more popular targets in waters throughout parts of Idaho. There are lifetime trout anglers who are finding great fun and success chasing Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass around in their lakes and streams. We all know what a kick in the pants it is to be on a pond or lake catching a bucket full of Bluegill and Perch. Ahh….. those are the times!

Another fish gaining popularity in Idaho waters, in a few selected places, is the Walleye. The folks who fish Walleye successfully (by the way, that is not me yet!) are an avid group of intense anglers who cherish finding and fishing for Walleye with their favorite jig or other lure or bait. That brings me to what this whole post is leading too.

Let me introduce you to Mike Chupa and his new Idaho State Record Walleye taken just a couple of days ago from a Southern Idaho Reservoir.

That is (17) pounds and (12) more ounces of Walleye. What a great fish. I have to ask you, Mike, is that really your fish or did she catch it and your just getting all the camera time? Just funnin’ with ya’. Just to show you that Mike knows what he is doing look at this photo of the Idaho State Record Walleye and another great Walleye that he caught on the same trip. Now them are some ‘Eyes.

Yes, my blogging friends, Idaho has ‘Eyes!

15 responses to “Idaho Has ‘Eyes!

  1. Wandering Owl

    October 14, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Them are damn impressive fish!

  2. Clif

    October 14, 2009 at 9:46 am

    If you figure out how to catch them, let me know.

  3. Mel

    October 14, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Yes Sireee,Owl, you hit it right on the head with that comment. I have made a total of (1) trip lifetime focusing on Walleye. I think I will now make another!

  4. Mel

    October 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I might be able to catch a Walleye sometime, Cliff. The problem is repeating it a second time. I can't imagine a fish of that size trying to fit in my regular 'ol trout net!

  5. Ben G.

    October 15, 2009 at 6:35 am

    All I can say is Wow thats a fish of a life time!

  6. CDGardens

    October 15, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Fish alive! I've never seen Walleyes that big! They sure would be exciting to have connected to the other end of the fishing line. 😉

  7. Ben G.

    October 15, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Mel, What is the best way to get a hold of you by e-mail,or another way?ThanksBen

  8. Mel

    October 15, 2009 at 8:21 am

    It sure is, Ben! What is so shocking to me is that it appears there are a number of big 'Eyes as you look at the two big fish together. By the way, I can be reached most easily by Emaildublmmz@gmail.comThanks for the comment.

  9. Mel

    October 15, 2009 at 8:24 am

    CDGardens – Boy howdy, they can pull on my line any ol' time they want. I am sure the fishing pressure is going to be unreal for these size fish. Let's hope the lake is able to withstand the onslaught.

  10. Fish Whisperer

    October 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Wow, that's a nice fish. What do you do if you hook that fella on a trout rod. Hold on for the ride and hope some is left when he is done. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my new shop.Tight lines

  11. Mel

    October 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Fish Whisperer – Well, I don't know since I am not an experienced Walleye angler. Just to have one on for awhile, would get my ticker racing. Good luck with your shop, maybe someday I can visit.

  12. Catfishchic

    October 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats to Mike! That there is a big ole Walleye! Mel, are you serious when you say that Idaho doesn't have catfish? If so, that is a crying shame. Perhaps you could make you some Walleye Pie. Lol…. I do wonder if that would be any good. Are Walleye considered good eatin? Happy Fishing!Catfishchic

  13. Mel

    October 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Catfish Chic – Just funnin' with you and Jill a bit. Yes, Idaho has Catfish. There are some big ol' Channel Cats in the Snake River and its impoundments. I have caught lots of Bullheads and once got into some Channel Cats with a fly rod. That was great fun. Now Walleye pie might be interesting too. They are good to eat from what I hear.

  14. Zach J

    October 27, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I had no idea Idaho had walleye. Here in VA we have a few, but really have to go north to Michigan, New York or Canada for good walleye action. Seems as if you might have everything at your back door Mel.

  15. Mel

    October 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Zach – Welcome back to Idaho Fishing Talk – Idaho is a wonderful place to live if you love the outdoors, fishing, and hunting for that matter. Sometimes so many choices makes it difficult to become highly effective with any one species. Such is life ……..


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