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I've never heard of them being native to the gulf coast but there is a southern strain of walleye that inhabits Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and some other southern states. This strain spawned in rivers and the runs were famous. These fish were much larger than the northern strain. The Tennessee and Kentucky state records for walleye are over 25 lbs. Once the TVA lakes got older siltation in the rivers feeding them destroyed the spawning habitat and led to a sharp decline in populations. There have been several efforts to repopulate this souther strain in native waters but finding quantities of these fish is difficult.

http://www.outdooralabama.com/oaonline/swalleye09.cfm

http://www.fishingtennessee.com/articles/vernon-summerlin/dale-hollow-and-center-hill-walleye
 

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Just read Tennessee is stocking southern walleye to establish a lake full of brood fish.

Will be interesting to see if that happens.
 

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Just read Tennessee is stocking southern walleye to establish a lake full of brood fish.

Will be interesting to see if that happens.
I'm also aware of an effort to re-stock them into the New River in WVa. This decision has caused some conflict because they want them to be catch and release but the walley compete directly with the smallmouth. The river is famous for smallmouth and if the walleye hurt that fishery it will negatively impact the economy.
 
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