Eyeing Gulf Coast walleye through genetics

They look like most walleye. But the Gulf Coast walleye is different; their decline has the attention of biologists.

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
By Craig Springer | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

On the surface, they look like most any walleye. They've got the faraway eyes, raspy scales, and the jaw of an adept, toothy predator. But the Gulf Coast walleye is different. And that difference and their decline has the attention of biologists at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Pvt. John Allen National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and Mississippi State University (MSU).

Over most of its range, the walleye is a fish synonymous with cold winters and cool waters, and a fish that takes to flat water ...

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