2. MN: Crews gearing up for Walker Lake walleye egg take.
It’s a pretty incredible process. Few deets:
> …when water temperatures in the Dead River approach 45-50 degrees, walleyes make a spawning migration from Otter Tail Lake into the river. DNR fisheries crews place a large funnel-shaped net into the river to capture walleyes as they move upstream. Approximately 5K male walleyes and 1K female walleyes will be captured….
> …eggs are stripped…fertilized…then transferred to the hatchery where…the incubation process begins. About 400 quarts of eggs are collected and hatched each spring. Each quart consists of approximately 135K eggs.
> Eggs are held in the jars at a water temp of 54 degrees. After about 2 weeks, eggs will begin to hatch…newly hatched fry are about the size of a mosquito. About 70% of the eggs will successfully hatch into fry. Walleye fry are stocked within 1 day of hatching. It’s important to stock them soon…as they need to feed on tiny organisms that live in the water called zooplankton to ensure survival.
> The Walker Lake Hatchery produces about 30 mil walleye fry on an annual basis. Approximately 23 mil fry are stocked into lakes with public accesses. Another 7 mil are stocked into shallow rearing ponds where they will grow into fingerlings.
3. MN: Mississippi River walleye spawn running behind.
Lot of interesting info in this write-up on the different factors that affect when walleyes will actually spawn.
4. SD: Missouri River (Chamberlain) NWT kicks off tomorrow.
Chase Parsons won it last year with a 2-day bag (10 fish) of 31.70 lbs.
Apparently they’ve been dealing with some wild weather during pre-fishing:
> “From cold 40-degree days with winds gusting as high 50 mph to sudden 90-degree heat waves, anglers have seen a wide gamut of weather that’s making it difficult to figure out the fish patterns before the 2-day event begins….”
5. MI: Saginaw Bay ‘eyes getting surgically implanted transmitters.
An acoustic telemetry study this month will look at walleye in the Saginaw Bay and their spawning habits.
> “The recovery of the Saginaw Bay walleye population is one of the great fishery management success stories of our time. However, we don’t fully know where all that natural reproduction takes place.”
> The DNR’s plans call for 150 walleye to be outfitted with transmitters this year, with 200 more planned for 2023.
6. MN/MB: Upcoming study to see if walleyes and saugers…
…in the Red River are different from Lake Winnipeg fish. I would have to guess yes.
7. MN: A history of Mille Lacs summer slot limits and total allocations.
Pretty interesting to see how regs on “The Big Pond” have changed throughout the years.
8. VT walleye season opens May 7.
9. Another “bassy” bait that I think will catch walleyes.
Called the Berkley PowerBait Agent E. Obviously it’s gotta catch ’em in lakes with gobies: