Walleye Technical Committee

Percid Travel Award (formally known as the Sander Travel Award) Information
Are you a student conducting research of interest to the WTC?  If so, consider applying for a Percid Travel Award.  Info is available HERE.  Please contact Lawrence Eslinger for information and to apply.
Congratulations to Holly Kundel as the recipient of the 2021 WTC Sander Travel Award. Holly is pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she’s working in Dr. Gretchen Hansen’s lab investigating the effects of zebra mussels on walleye recruitment success in Minnesota lakes. Holly recently presented on her project during the WTC Percid Symposium at the virtual 2021 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.


The Walleye Technical Committee traditionally meets twice during the year. An informal summer meeting is usually held during the third week of July. Exchange of technical information and special project discussions occur at this meeting. A shorter, but more formal business winter meeting is held in conjunction with the annual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference in which chapter representatives give their state and provincial reports.

Walleye Technical Committee Virtual 2021 Summer Meeting
20 – 21 July 2021 for more information contact Lawrence Eslinger at

PERCIS V – 5th Percid Fish International Symposium

České Budějovice, Czech Republic, EU   September 18-23, 2022

Keynote Speakers: John F. Craig, Robert Arlinghaus, Peter Eklӧv, Martti Rask

For more information: https://www.percis-v.eu

Committee Mission Statement

The purpose of the Walleye Technical Committee of the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society is to promote the research and development of functional management strategies leading to the wise use of native and introduced stocks of Walleye, Sauger and their hybrids, and of Yellow Perch, to improve culture techniques and to facilitate the dissemination of pertinent data and technology to both the scientific and user communities.

Officers of the WTC for the current year (Click on the Name for a direct link to email the officers)

Chair: Lawrence Eslinger
Wisconsin Dept Natural Resources
8870 Hwy J
Woodruff, WI  54568
(715) 356-5211  ext 209

Chair Elect:  Jason DeBoer
Illinois River Biological Station
Illinois Natural History Survey
704 N. Schrader Ave
Havana, IL  62644
(309) 543-6000

Immediate Past-Chair:  Mark Joseph Ermer
Regional Program Manager – Fisheries
South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks
Webster, SD  57274
(605) 345-3381

Secretary: David Seibel
223 East Steinfest Road
Antigo, WI  54409-2777
(715) 623-4190 Ext 3112

WTC State & Province Representative List

Dale Logsdon [email protected] MN, USA
Edward Roseman [email protected] MI, USA
Jason DeBoer [email protected] IL, USA
Corey Deboom [email protected] IN, USA
Jeff Koch [email protected] KS, USA
Joe Rydell [email protected] NE, USA
Mark Fincel [email protected] SD, USA
Tim Parker [email protected] OH, USA
Andy Jansen [email protected] IA, USA
Todd Caspers [email protected] ND, USA
Ben Parnell [email protected] MO, USA
Lawrence Eslinger [email protected] WI, USA
William Gardner [email protected] ON, CAN
Mark Duffy [email protected] SK, CAN
Geoff Klein [email protected] MB, CAN
Mike Sullivan [email protected] AB, CAN
Stephen Spencer [email protected] AB, CAN

Click HERE to view the new WTC Operations Manual.  This document is intended to serve as a guide for the Walleye Technical Committee (WTC) chair and chair elect. Its purpose is to assist them in their duties to the North Central Division (NCD) and to other members of the WTC. Further, it serves to ensure that the chair and chair-elect are aware of various responsibilities and deadlines. Additionally, it is intended to help with logistical arrangements for meetings.

Joining the NCD-Walleye Technical Committee

Membership to the NCD-Walleye Technical Committee is open to any and all who are working with Walleye, Sauger, and Yellow Perch culture and management.  To join the NCD-Walleye Technical Committee email distribution list please contact David Seibel.

Meeting Minutes (most text below are links)

Winter 2021 Meeting Minutes, in association with the virtual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in St. Paul, MN.
The American Fisheries Society 150th Virtual Annual Meeting Sept. 14 to Sept. 29, 2020.  Abstracts are HERE
     Audio of the 2019 Summer Business Meeting is HERE (your browser may ask you to just download it from the NCD Google Docs Site)
Meeting minutes are HERE
The American Fisheries Society 148th Annual Meetings, August 2018.  Click HERE for abstracts that may be of special interest to the Walleye Technical Committee
                    Supplemental Reports from Business Meeting:
                    Program and Abstracts July 26 – 28 2016 HERE
                    DeFour et al., 2016
                    Brendon, T.O. et al. 2015. NAJFM 35:3, 567-577
                    Fraker et al., 2015. JGLR (2015)
WTC files January 2016:

2015 Winter Business Meeting
2015 Summer Business Meeting
2014 Summer Business Meeting
2013 Summer Business Meeting
2012 Winter Business Meeting
2012 Summer Business Meeting
2011 Winter Business Meeting
2011 Summer Meeting
2010 Winter Business Meeting
2010 Summer Meeting
2009 Winter Business Meeting
2009 Summer Meeting
2008 Winter Business Meeting
2008 Summer Meeting
2007 Winter Business Meeting
2007 Summer Meeting
2006 Winter Business Meeting
2005 Winter Business Meeting
2005 Summer Meeting
2004 Winter Business Meeting
2004 Summer Meeting
2003 Winter Business Meeting
2003 Summer Meeting

History and Past Chairs of the Walleye Technical Committee(pdf)

State/Provincial Grey Literature
Michigan (pdf)
North Dakota Game and Fish Department (pdf)

Bruner, John Clay, DeBruyne, Robin L. (Eds.) 2021. Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Sauger: Aspects of Ecology, Management, and Culture.  Springer Fish & Fisheries Series  Cham, Switzerland Vol. 41: 1-402 pp.

Walleye, one of the most sought-after species of freshwater sport fishes in North America, have demonstrated appreciable declines in their numbers from their original populations since the beginning of the 20th century. Similarly, Yellow Perch, once the most commonly caught sport fish and an important commercial species in North America, have also shown declines. Compiling up-to-date information on the biology and management of Walleye, Sauger, and Yellow Perch, including research on systematics, genetics, physiology, ecology, movement, population dynamics, culture, recent case histories, and management practices, will be of interest to managers, researchers, and students who deal with these important species, particularly in light of habitat alterations, population shifts, and other biotic and abiotic factors related to a changing climate.

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Bruce A. Barton, editor 2011. Biology, Management, and Culture of Walleye and Sauger 600 pages, index Published by the American Fisheries Society, June 2011 ISBN: 978-1-934874-22-6


This new compendium serves as a single comprehensive source of information on the biology, ecology, management, and culture of walleye and sauger in North America.

Early chapters cover Sander systematics, including osteological evidence and molecular and population genetics and recent advancements in stock identification. Extensive information is documented on habitat requirements for various life history stages and how these stages can be influenced by environmental perturbations. Other chapters describe environmental biology and feeding energetics and provide details on walleye and sauger life histories, walleye population and community dynamics in lakes that reflect the influence of lake size, fishing methods, and various management techniques using case histories, and exploitation from recreational, commercial, aboriginal, and mixed fisheries. Harvest regulations, sampling procedures, and their effectiveness are also reviewed and evaluated. Final chapters review and analyze stocking procedures, marking techniques, ecological effects of stocking, and the state of the art of walleye and hybrid walleye culture.

This reference work will be used by fishery scientists, biologists, managers, culturists, students, and interested public such as anglers and conservationists.

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