How much do walleye "imprint"

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  1. 7x57

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    Salmon and Steelhead are born with
    this ability. And even though there is no scientific evidence that walleyes Imprint, I believe they do. I don't think in many cases as strongly as the "Salmo" species do though. Any thoughts on this matter?
     
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    I'd think telemetry studies suggest they do not.
     

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    Interesting. What about the Saginaw Bay population of Eye's or should I say lk huron population? Fish anywhere from Mackinaw Island to the east side of thumb return to the saginaw river and its tribs to spawn.
     
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    They also travel back and forth between Erie and huron/sag bay.

    It doesnt really mean they imprint... just that some waters are better for spawning than others.
     
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    That Mackinaw group passes plenty of spawning areas to charge up the Sag and then the Titt. I have to believe they are returning to their natal streams. However, I have wondered if we lose fish to schooling up with other groups during the summer. For example- Do we lose some atlantics who may end up schooled with St Mary's group etc.
     
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    And Erie fish come back thru LSC and SCR after spawn g as I understand it
     
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    Their movements were tracked long ago I believe. There was some discussion about it, on here maybe? Anyway it was more related to food than anything. The movement slowed down dramatically with the decline of alewife and smelt.

    What is the evidence they do return to where they hatched?
     
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    You may have a point there. We know where they're tagged (titt) and we know their movements after being tagged. I guess we would have to see tag data from or near spawning time.
     
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    Almost all walleye we caught growing up fosbing the Maumee were tagged in St Clair. Thats passing up a lot of spawning grounds. We always wondered too are there strictly lake spawners and river spawners.
     
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    River and lake spawners, I hadn't thought about it that way, as mich. has River closures.
     
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    There are definitely river spawners and reef spawners. That is documented, how well walleye imprint or if they do at all, I do not know.
     
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