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Chart: A Minnesota fishing timeline

  • May 8, 2012 - 9:17 PM

Pre-1858

Chippewa and Sioux utilize walleyes as a prime food source, often spearing them in spring, using torches for light.

1858 Minnesota becomes 32nd state admitted to the Union.

1886 First walleye eggs are taken by the state by trapping spawning fish at fond du lac.

1904

State walleye hatchery built at Glenwood.

1916

Hatchery built at Bemidji.

1952

Federal Dingell-Johnson Act passes, returning portion of excise taxes collected on angling gear to states for fisheries management. Minnesota fisheries management intensifies.

1953 LEGISLATURE FIRST CONSIDERS DECLARING WALLEYE THE STATE FISH.

1965

Walleye becomes Minnesota's state fish.

1979

LeRoy Chiovette catches the state record walleye, weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces, in the Seagull River.

1982 South Dakota adopts the walleye as its state fish.

1990 Number of hours anglers fish on Lake Winnibigoshish quadruples from 1950.

1999 DNR begins Accelerated Walleye Program, intending to improve walleye fishing statewide.

2010

More than 250 million walleye fry and 2.5 million walleye fingerings are stocked in about 1,000 state lakes, many of which wouldn't have walleyes without stocking.

2011 Anglers harvest about 4 million pounds of walleyes.

2012

DNR expects more than 2 million people to fish state waters.

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