More than 4.8 million walleye fingerlings stocked
LANSING (AP) – More than 4.8 million fingerlings have been stocked this year in at least 90 Michigan waterways with help from Indian tribes and other supporters, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says.
The fingerlings were reared in ponds that are critical for its cool-water fisheries management, according to a statement from the department’s Fisheries Division.
More than 20 walleye ponds were used this year, the department said. It said most stocking activities rely heavily on support from outdoors groups.
“The many local angling groups that join us in rearing and stocking walleye are extremely valuable,” said Ed Eisch, the Department of Natural Resources’ acting fish production manager. “These annual efforts allow us to greatly enhance the world-class fishing opportunities available in Michigan.”
Eggs are taken from adult walleye from the Muskegon River and Little Bay De Noc, and then go to state fish hatcheries.
After hatching, the larval walleyes are moved to ponds where they are reared for 50 to 60 days. The fingerlings are then stocked in public waters.
The walleye fingerlings are 1 1/2 to 2 inches long when they are stocked, the state said. It said they grow to legal size in four to five years.