Fall walleye stocking has been completed, according to officials at the Department of Natural Resources.
According to district fisheries biologist, Jim Wahl, the DNR stocked nearly 190,000 9-inch advanced fingerlings received from the Rathbun State Fish Hatchery into lakes including Storm Lake for 2006, the most ever, as well as 6-inch advanced fingerlings delivered from the State Fish Hatchery at Spirit Lake.
These newest aquatic residents, many of them produced from eggs gathered at Storm Lake, have a better than average chance for survival.
"These advanced fingerlings are in excellent body condition and have already survived the most dangerous part of their lives," said Wahl. "The availability of these large fingerlings has really added to our program. I think area anglers are very excited that we have access to this sort of fish... and the future benefits should be extremely rewarding."
Millions of walleye fry are also stocked in the lakes. They normally take 4 years to reach the 14-inch legal length. However, due to accelerated growth rates within the hatchery environment, growing times for "artificially reared" fish is significantly reduced.