I was at Mosquito yesterday and got several walleye. I kept 2 for the pan and when I filleted the first fish it was full of eggs. Just wondering if anyone has experienced walleyes with eggs this late in the year. Hear is a pic.
Can't see the pic well enough to tell if they are this year's (mature) eggs which just weren't expelled completely during spawning, or the first stages of development of next year's eggs. If the first possibility, she probably would have absorbed them much the same way they use up fat reserves but hard to tell. The sacks appear to be short so I'm betting on the first possibility. I think the standard egg sack is longer and and more elongated than those in the pic. just from the yellow part-you did say though that she was full of eggs. Nature can sometimes have her timeclock off a bit though:
( I remember a guy getting a late season doe with his bow once who had two perfectly formed little deer embreyos inside. They were about the size of peach pits! His grade school aged daughter took them to school for show 'n tell! Not sure how that went over with the teacher?)
Rick the 17-1/2" had the same thing that you had mentioned. Looked to be old non-dropped egg sacks. They were and orangish color and they had very hard lumps in them. It was like they were in the process of being absorbed by the fishes body or had some kind of abnormal thing going on. These are for sure not new next years eggs.