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Continued: Lake Rebecca muskie-egg harvest builds stock for future trophies

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 9, 2013 - 6:31 PM

Bauer and Maccaroni will harvest and fertilize about 900,000 fish eggs in a three-day period. The eggs will go to hatcheries in St. Paul, Waterville and New London for incubation and hatching, and will then move to rearing ponds for the summer. About 30,000 will survive and grow large enough to be stocked in lakes around the state this fall, he said, including Lake Rebecca.

Maccaroni said that a large female can produce about 50,000 to 80,000 eggs, or about a quart. To reach the state muskie egg quota, she and Bauer will need to net 60 to 75 of the adult muskies, including about 20 females.

“It’s really satisfying to get a lot of eggs,” she said. “It makes it seem like all the hard work is worthwhile.”

 

Tom Meersman • 612-673-7388

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