This wide-ranging North American species occurs from the Hudson Bay east to the St. Lawrence River, south to the Gulf coast of Alabama, and northwest of the Hudson Bay from Manitoba through the western Northwest Territories to the Beaufort Sea on the border of the Yukon Territory. In eastern drainages from Massachusetts southward it occurs all the way to the coast. It occurs from the Beaufort Sea south through Alberta, northeastern British Colubia and Montana to Southern Arizona, the northern portions of Nevada and New Mexico and than eastward to Georgia. Its Western most limits are the states of Washington and Oregon. This is an extremely popular sport fish and an excellent food fish. The best fishing is at night when the walleye is feeding.