It was a warm August day in 1993 when we slipped a canoe into McKim Lake. The lake seemed perfect for a canoe. It was small (only 2 miles across) with a medium sized river going through its eastern basin and with easy access from a gravel logging road just 35 miles east of Ear Falls. We worked the canoe to the east side of the lake where the river entered and started to catch walleye that had a beautiful turquoise blue color on their dorsal (upper) and caudal (tail) fins (Figure2).
Closer examination of the fish showed the blue color to be present only on the dorsal part of the fish, above the lateral line (Figure 3).
The author is shown in Figure 6 holding a blue walleye on the ice of McKim Lake.
It has been said that if you enjoy your work, you will never work a day of your life. Such has been my happy lot. It is my hope that this article will instill within walleye fisherpersons even a greater appreciation for this beautiful fish.