Minnesota Walleye Stocking On Par With Recent Years

Walleye anglers across Minnesota will benefit from another year of walleye stocking by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Aaron Murphy of Cohasset displays a 23-inch walleye he caught on Cut Foot Sioux Lake north of Deer River during the 2014 Minnesota fishing opener Saturday morning. (News Tribune file)
Aaron Murphy of Cohasset displays a 23-inch walleye he caught on Cut Foot Sioux Lake north of Deer River during the 2014 Minnesota fishing opener Saturday morning.
(News Tribune file)

This year, fisheries officials took more than 582 million eggs, close to the 10-year average, according to the DNR. Those eggs were raised to so-called fry stage, tiny fish just beyond the egg stage. About 115 million of those fry are now being reared in 286 rearing ponds and will be stocked as fingerlings. About 296 million fry will be stocked in 272 lakes.

Here are some walleye stocking facts:

Length of a walleye fry — about 1/3-inch.
Length of a walleye fingerling — 4 to 6 inches.
Lakes stocked with walleye (each lake usually every other year) — about 1,050, all over the state.
Lakes where, without any stocking, anglers can still catch walleye: 260, mostly in the northern half of the state.
Estimated percentage of walleye harvested that result from natural reproduction — 85 percent, with about half from popular walleye lakes like Lake of the Woods, Leech, Red and Winnibigoshish.
For stocking information about individual lakes, enter the lake name on LakeFinder at the DNR Fish Minnesota page, www.mndnr.gov/fishmn.