1. MN: The Cannon River provides…again! 🙌
It had been more than 30 yrs since walleye captured from Tetonka and the Cannon have been the source of fry stocked in area lakes – but not no more! And “of particular significance is that the fish recently captured were Lower Mississippi Strain fish, a genetic line discovered to be able to reproduce successfully in southern MN lakes and rivers.”
> From 1982-1992, walleyes were captured every spring in the Cannon River and the fry produced from those fish were stocked in southern MN waters. However, those efforts were suspended because of the inefficiency of the operation.
> Instead, walleye eggs from larger egg-stripping operations in northern MN were obtained, hatched and stocked in area lakes in what was believed to be a put-and-take operation.
> But then it was discovered that the fish stocked in Lake Sarah in Murray County and other lakes were of the LMS strain and had been reproducing successfully on a regular basis…continues to be self-sustaining.
> In an effort to establish other self-sustaining walleye populations, the DNR has focused on stocking LMS walleye fry obtained from Lake Sarah fish in area lakes since 2015.
> …Lake Sarah provides enough eggs to meet about half of the area’s annual need for walleye stocking – 200 to 300 quarts of eggs translating to 20-30 mil fry.
> He estimated that the fish recently captured and stripped from the Cannon River would contribute another 30-40 quarts of eggs that would take a bit of pressure off of Lake Sarah as the sole source of LMS eggs.
> It is hoped that a walleye stripping operation similar to the large-scale operations found in northern MN can be established on the Cannon River, making the operation there an annual spring event to provide a greater source of the LMS fish.
2. ND DNR investing in aquatic nuisance species.
> Over the next 2 years, the dept plans to hire another Aquatic Nuisance Species biologist as well as spend $850,000 on an ANS lab.
3. Minnesota Mom’s Fishing Challenge, May 13-14.
A free virtual fishing challenge for those lovely ladies in our lives! Will be happening over this year’s fishing opener, which is also “Take a Mom Fishing Weekend” = all MN moms can fish without purchasing a fishing license.
> …simply need to join the Minnesota Moms Fishing Challenge Facebook group and submit one photo of each fish they catch. All participants who submit a fish will be entered in a random drawing for prizes provided by the Student Anglers Organization, including SCHEELS gift card sand Onyx inflatable lifejackets. The MN DNR is partnering with the Student Anglers Organization to organize the challenge.
4. Heads up: FishUSA has Acme Hyper Rattles in stock.
If you paid attention the last couple of summers, you already know they go FAST when things warm up…so I would try to snag a few HR6s and HR5s before that bite gets snapping.