Wisconsin stocking walleyes

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 15, 2014 - 8:59 PM

A two-year, $12 million initiative will add up to 800,000 fingerlings to 275 lakes across the state.

hide

Walleye are getting a population boost in the Badger State.

Wisconsin is stocking up on walleye.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources has launched the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, a two-year, $12 million drive to fill the state’s lakes with delicious fishes.

State government, private industry and local tribes will team up to stock 750,000 to 800,000 fingerling walleyes over the next two years, in 275 lakes.

In 2013, the first year of the program, the state stocked 450,000 large fingerlings and officials are predicting that Wisconsin walleye are heading for a population boom. In the past, the state had stocked about 35 lakes each year with larger walleye.

“Giving a much-needed boost to our walleye population is great news for our fishing community and it’s also great for our tourism industry and state economy,” Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement. “The success of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is thanks to a great cooperative effort by private, public and tribal entities.”

But Minnesota isn’t sweating the competition.

“They’ve got a ways to catch up,” said Neil Vanderbosch, fisheries program consultant for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

One of his predecessors joked that “we spill more fry in our hatcheries than most states stock.”

Walleye is the official state fish in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Last year, Minnesota stocked 300 million fry — tiny hatchlings — and 3.5 million fingerlings — larger juveniles between 4 and 8 inches long. Those young walleye go into more than 1,000 lakes to supplement the natural populations, Vanderbosch said.

Wisconsin does stock a lot more of its official state fish — the muskie — than Minnesota does, Vanderbosch said. But Minnesota’s are bigger.

Jennifer Brooks • 651-925-5049

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

Click here to send us your hunting or fishing photos – and to see what others are showing off from around the region.

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
ULM 58 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should the lake where the albino muskie was caught remain a mystery?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close