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State to stock more older walleye

Walleye fishing could be much better in Wisconsin in the coming years.

The DNR is in the midst of a major stocking program to put bigger fish in about 275 lakes.

Steve Avelallemant is the DNR's northern fisheries supervisor. He says in each of the next two years, hatcheries will produce 750,000 to 800,000 "extended growth" or large fingerling walleye.

He says the results won't be immediate for fishing. He says it will take three to five years before they're a "harvestable size."

He says they've stocked lakes with smaller fingerling walleye for years, but that doesn't work quite as well. He says it costs more to raise the older fish.

Right now, about 35 lakes in the state are typically stocked with larger walleye.

posted : July, 14th by WHBY


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