The goldeye is a freshwater fish found in central Canada and the northern Midwest states. It prefers muddy, slow-moving waters. Its name is a reference to the conspicuous golden iris in their eyes. The flesh is kind of mushy and unappetizing, but there was a commercial fishery for a while based on the popularity of the smoked fish. Today, they are only fished recreationally. Commonly, they are less than one pound; a trophy would be in the 2-lb. range.
Recently, nine-year-old Brayden Selzler or North Dakota caught a goldeye that was about four times bigger than the average fish. Check out the article and video from his hometown newspaper.