Walleye are one of the more popular gamefish in New York, as they are exciting to catch and also good on the table. Walleye are aptly named because of their unique eyes that have a reflective layer of pigment called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see very well at night and during other low-light periods. This layer also gives walleye their "glassy-eyed" or "wall-eyed" appearance. Walleye can be found in a variety of habitats in New York, from large lakes to small rivers. Most walleye are in the 2-3 pound range. Any walleye 25 inches or larger is generally considered a "trophy" pretty much anywhere in the state.