The world record for walleye was registered at 22 pounds 11 ounces. It was caught in 1982 during a fishing tournament on Greer's Ferry Lake in Arkansas.
Al Nelson of Higden, Arkansas caught the record breaking walleye during a fishing tournament sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and Fairfield Bay. The previous world record was held by a walleye caught from Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee reported at 25 pounds but it was later discovered through photometric analysis that the fish's length could only allow it to fall into the 16 - 18 pound range. Since this was only discovered later in the 90s, Al Nelson received $10,000 for his state record fish when the prize should have been $25,000 for the true world record walleye.