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Old 03-11-2017, 05:09 PM
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Default just check the girth too

In my opinion the true measure of a trophy is the length. Weight varies seasonally to much.

That said, if you take the girth of your fish in addition to length, you will get a more accurate estimate of its weight. Done quickly, this is not stressful for the release, in contrast to hanging a fish on a scale or boga grip (vertically) is sure to cause damage and stress.

No doubt that available forage plays a role in how heavy a fish can get, and in many small waters forage is limited. But its not just the quantity of forage that makes a difference but also the quality. A lake with a good whitefish or cisco (especially dwarf cisco) population will produce big fish. These are high fat food sources. Some infertile lakes can produce huge fish, although they may not produce good numbers of fish so your chances of catching one are low.

An example is erie vs ontario. Chances of getting a fish over 30 are better on erie, but inch for inch the ontario fish will weigh more (think alewives).

You'd be surprised at the percentage of walleye in the great lakes that are truly over 30". While fish from 30-31 are not uncommon, fish TRULY over 31 are quite rare.
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Old 03-12-2017, 05:20 PM
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Fish weights will be different across the country.but normally in nw ontario by the time the walleye season opens most will have have had enough time to recuperate.although the weather still plays a big part in all this. early spawning is always better as far as fishing goes and will have fish much fatter then say on a late spawning.food sources are all diff in certain lakes.if there full of smelt you will find bigger and fatter fish than the ones that dont.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:59 PM
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As a general rule in CN the 25 to 28 thinner fish are males. The thicker fish are the dollies. In the great lakes, males eat more.
We once caught a 25 inch sauger on LS that I could have pushed through a paper towel tube it was so skinny. It tasted great!
We had a mix fish fry of sauger, perch and walleye that night with our cabin neighbors that had a bad day on the water.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:02 PM
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That chart is not acvuracte. 20 inch and above is way off. Sorry
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:22 PM
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http://www.wildernessisland.com/Wall...p#.WMdTUGOQx7d
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:01 AM
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I caught a 29 1/2" walleye that weighed 7lb 14oz, needless to say it was skinny, if I went by the chart that would be a 10lb walleye.
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:37 AM
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HEY PEOPLE !!!!
You got remember this as an average chart, not the " Holy Grail" of all fish weights.. lol
There are many variables, that can factor into the weight of any fish .
It is what I use as a reference and do consider the over all heath and appearance of the fish caught .. I find the age / length ratio helpful, when asked by client "How old would this fish be ? "
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:41 AM
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I see the chart I have has been doctored from this site to read North Western Ontario. lol
Not Northern Ontario as in the link above ..

Also here is the statement on the last line above the chart,,

Quote *All figures and statements are a compilation from various scientific sources that have been significantly generalized. Numerous exceptions to this chart should be expected.*
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:06 AM
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Mojo

That chart is not acvuracte. 20 inch and above is way off. Sorry
Keep in mind that these weights are supposed to represent the 75th percentile of walleye. Any other disagreements or disputes will have to be taken up with Dr. Rob Neumann and In-Fisherman because I lifted the chart from one of their articles online. BTW, I think they are way to high too!

Tight lines!
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:50 AM
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I see the chart I have has been doctored from this site to read North Western Ontario. lol
Not Northern Ontario as in the link above ..

Also here is the statement on the last line above the chart,,

Quote *All figures and statements are a compilation from various scientific sources that have been significantly generalized. Numerous exceptions to this chart should be expected.*

I believe the chart you posted is the same as the link from Thunder Bay's post which the exception of the aspects you mentioned. I think it is a pretty good estimator to get a person within the ballpark for weight and age.

The outfitter we used on Red Lake in 2014 had a growth and age chart which very well may have been the same as the one posted. What I found to be most interesting was not the estimated weight of the fish, but moreso the age of the fish based on its length. I caught a 44" northern on that trip and my son caught a 27.5" walleye. The estimated age of the northern on the outfitter's chart was 23 years and the walleye was 24 years. I may have those ages reversed as I never wrote them down, but suffice it to say, the chart in this thread is pretty accurate on what we read at the lodge during that trip.

If I want to know the weight of a fish, I still use the old length x girth X factor calculation to get a basic idea . Hardly ever hang a fish on a scale to get the weight. Just old school and stubborn I guess.


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