Windom Area: Fish Stocking

Walleye fry are stocked in lakes after years of stocking and survey analysis has determined that walleye fry contribute to the fishery better than walleye fingerlings.  Some lakes; however, are better suited for walleye fingerlings.  Walleye fry are stocked in ponds and harvested as fingerlings in the fall.  These fingerlings are then stocked in Area lakes. 

 

The Windom Area also operates some northern pike spawning areas.  Adult northern pike are stocked in these ponds and allowed to spawn naturally.  The ponds are drained in early June and the fingerlings are stocked in Area lakes that are managed for northern pike.  Northern pike need flooded vegetation where they can deposit their eggs in order to reproduce successfully.  Many northern pike spawning areas have disappeared with loss of wetlands in SW Minnesota making northern pike fingerling stocking necessary to maintain fishable northern pike lakes.

 

Walleye 2013

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
May Benton
Lincoln
2,857,000
Fry
May Bingham
Cottonwood
137,000
Fry
May
Cedar
Martin
710,000
Fry
May Clear Jackson 208,000
Fry
May Clear Martin 261,000
Fry
May Currant Murray 188,500
Fry
May Double Cottonwood 246,000
Fry
May East Graham Nobles 523,000
Fry
May Heron
Jackson
1,422,500
Fry
May Little Spirit
Jackson
634,000
Fry
May Loon Jackson 369,000
Fry
May Okabena Nobles 751,000
Fry
May Rock Lyon 422,000
Fry
May Round Jackson 473,500
Fry
May Shaokotan Lincoln 995,000
Fry
May Shetek Murray 3,597,929
Fry
May South Silver Martin 142,000
Fry
May
Stay
Lincoln
110,000
Fry
June
Fox
Martin
117,000
Frylings
September
Bella Nobles 4,591
Fingerlings
September Big Twin Martin 21,843
Fingerlings
September Fulda Murray 8440
Fingerlings
September Fox Martin 19,251
Fingerlings
September Hall Martin 1,406
Fingerlings
September Idenpendence Jackson 5,927
Fingerlings
September Indian Nobles 4,752
Fingerlings
September Kinbrae Nobles 4,662 Fingerlings
September St. James Watonwan 7,310 Fingerlings
September Watonwan River Multiple 6,003 Fingerlings
September Butterfield Watonwan 516 Adults (16-18")
September Clear Lyon 387 Adults (16-18")
September Independence Park Pond Lyon (Marshall) 565 Adults (16-18")
September Luverne Pit Rock (Luverne) 256 Adults (16-18")
September Luverne Veterans Pond Rock (Luverne) 232 Adults (16-18")
September Shoper-Bush Reservoir Cottonwood 43 Adults (16-18")
September Wellner-Hageman Reservoir Multiple 563 Adults (16-18")

 

Northern Pike 2013*

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
NA NA NA NA
NA

 

*No northern pike were stocked this year due to inadequate water levels for our annual spawning run operations and spring weather that was detrimental to production of young-of-the-year northern pike in our rearing ponds.

 

Other Species 2013

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Species
Number
Size
April Butterfield Watonwan Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Edgerton Pipestone Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Hills Reservoir Rock Black Crappie 70 Adult
April Independence Park Pond Lyon (Marshall) Black Crappie 45 Adult
April Indian Pipestone Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Luverne Pit Rock Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Luverne Veterans Pond Rock Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Shoper-Bush Reservoir Cottonwood Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Swift Lyon Black Crappie 25 Adult
April Talcot Pond Cottonwood Black Crappie 30 Adult
April Redwood River Lyon Brown Trout 3,000 Adult
April Scheldorf Creek Cottonwood Brown Trout 450 Adult
May
Clear
Martin Yellow Perch 515 Adult
May Fish Jackson Yellow Perch 681 Adult