The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) uses a special walleye pond (several actually) to raise fingerlings for stocking efforts.
But have you ever seen a walleye pond in action? Watch the video as the fingerlings are harvested.
The pond in the video is at Camp Dearborn near Milford, Mich. The process is fairly simple. When it’s time to harvest the fingerlings, the pond is drained and the fish are collected.
The video shows the fall fingerling harvest. These fish in the walleye pond were left in the pond after the spring harvest. Why? So they could get bigger, have a better chance of survival and provide anglers more opportunities to catch walleye.
Almost one thousand fingerlings were harvest from the Camp Dearborn pond for stocking.
For the fall stocking season, the DNR’s Fisheries Division stocked 10 different species totaling more than 300,000 fish at 99 locations throughout the state.
“It was another outstanding fall fish stocking season that will provide enhanced opportunities throughout Michigan,” says DNR Fish Production Manager Ed Eisch. “When added to our successful spring and summer stocking efforts, that brings the total for 2016 to more than 34 million fish put into Michigan’s waters.”