DNR crews achieve walleye collection goals despite cold

This year’s unusual cold, late spring delayed the start of walleye collection efforts.

“Mother Nature presented many challenges this year, including cooler than normal temperatures, high winds, sleet and snow, as well as tornadoes,” said Jay Rudacille, supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Warm and Coolwater Fish Culture section. “Despite these less than ideal conditions, we still met our walleye egg collection goal thanks to the dedication, passion, and adaptability of our fisheries staff.”

Walleyes were caught at Clear Lake, East Okoboji, Rathbun, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake from April 5-14.  In Clear Lake, netting took place from April 10-14.

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