The number of walleye eggs the Nebraska Game and Parks need to collect to meet stocking requests for 2016: 78 million.
Beginning April 4th at the Sherman Reservoir, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will net spawning walleye in an effort to collect as many as 78 million eggs. After sunset, an area along the dam of the Sherman Reservoir will be closed to both boaters and those wishing to fish from shore. This will continue until the Game and Parks Commission have completed their collection at Sherman, after which the closed area will be reopened and traditional fishing regulations will again apply.
After analyzing the amount of walleye netted from the Sherman Reservoir, crews from the Game and Parks Commission will move to the Merritt Reservoir for collection beginning no later than April 7th, and then again on to Lake McConaughy for another collection on or around April 18th.
Walleye eggs from females captured in the gill netting process will be transferred to one of Nebraska’s five state run fish hatcheries. The Game and Parks Commission will use a combination of gill netting from shore as well as electrofishing ,or electroshocking, from a boat to separate the male walleyes from the females.
Crews will continue the collection until enough eggs have been harvested and hope to have wrapped up their operation by April 22nd.