DNR says Walleye stamps help support fish stocking efforts

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): Anglers can support walleye stocking in Minnesota by purchasing $5 walleye stamp.The fishing season kicks off in May. The stamps help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provide more places to fish for walleye.

“You can buy a walleye stamp any time of the year, even if you already have a fishing license,” said Neil Vanderbosch, DNR fisheries program consultant. “All the funds from walleye stamps go toward the cost of purchasing walleye from private fish farms for stocking into lakes.”

The overall walleye stocking effort ramps up each year in April when fisheries staff collect walleye eggs, fertilize them and transport the eggs to fish hatcheries around Minnesota. We recently showed you the process in Detroit Lakes.

In addition to raising and stocking walleye, the DNR also buys walleye fingerlings (the name of walleye once hatched) from private producers to be stocked into lakes, and walleye stamp sales help pay for these fish. Since 2009, funds from the walleye stamp have purchased over 40,000 pounds of walleye fingerlings that have been stocked in the fall, all over the state. Walleye are stocked in lakes that don’t have naturally reproducing walleye populations.

More information about habitat stamps can be found at mndnr.gov/stamps.