© Shutterstock-Rostislav Stefanek Popular North American Fish Sometimes called the yellow pike, walleye is a common freshwater species native to North American lakes and rivers. They are most commonly found in large lakes throughout the northern United States and all throughout Canada, making them a popular game fish for anglers. In fact, it was such a desired game fish that, over the last century, they have been introduced into lakes where they were not naturally found; therefore, increasing their distribution even more. They are easy to identify with their outwardly pointing eyes, like they are looking a wall (hence their name), olive green patches amongst golden colored scales, and spiny dorsal and anal fins. These large growing fish are culturally important to many North American states because they are so prevalent. Want to go diving with the walleye? Find the best dive sites on the map below where they are commonly seen.