Windom Area: Fish Stocking (updated 12/29/2015)

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 2015

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
May Benton
Lincoln
2,857,000
Fry
May Bingham Cottonwood 137,000
Fry
May Currant Murray 188,500
Fry
May Dead Coon (main lake) Lincoln 555,000
Fry
May Eagle Cottonwood 120,000
Fry
May East Graham Nobles 523,000
Fry
May East Twin Lyon 352,000
Fry
May Goose Lyon 45,300
Fry^
May Heron (South Heron) Jackson 1,429,920
Fry
May Kansas Watonwan 200,660
Fry
May Little Spirit Jackson 635,662
Fry
May Loon Jackson 370,660
Fry
May Okabena Nobles 749,018
Fry
May Shaokotan Lincoln 996,947
Fry^
May Slough (West Dead Coon) Lincoln 162,715 Fry
May Stay Lincoln 111,660 Fry
May West Graham Nobles 515,000 Fry
May Wilmert Martin 338,944 Fry
May Wood Lyon 197,000 Fry^
May Yankton Lyon 389,667 Fry
June Fox Martin 68,698 Frylings
June Long Watonwan 41,292 Frylings
September
Big Twin  Martin 5,943  Fingerlings^
September Clear Lyon 920 Fingerlings*
September Fulda Murray 2,562 Fingerlings*
September Fish Jackson 2,548 Fingerlings^
September Fox Martin 1,596 Fingerlings*
September Hall Martin 240 Fingerlings*
September Indian Nobles 1,351 Fingerlings*
September Loon Jackson 4,566 Fingerlings*^
September St. James Watonwan 3,223 Fingerlings

 * Fingerlings were advanced size of ~12 inches.

^ Lake Sarah strain Walleye

 

Northern Pike 2015

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
June Flaherty Jackson  250  Adult
June Louisa Murray 250 Adult

 

Other Species 2015

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Species
Number
Size
April  West Graham  Nobles  Crappie 3,600  Adult (6/lb)
April Yankton Lyon Crappie 2,562 Adult (6/lb)
May Butterfield Watonwan Bluegill 480 Adult (12/lb)
May Edgerton KFP Pipestone Bluegill 420 Adult (12/lb)
May Independence Park KFP Lyon Bluegill 504 Adult (12/lb)
May Indian KFP Pipestone Bluegill 300 Adult (12/lb)
May Luverne Veterans Pond KFP Rock Bluegill 360 Adult (12/lb)
May Swift KFP Lyon Bluegill 300 Adult (12/lb)
May Talcot KFP Cottonwood Bluegill 300 Adult (12/;b)
April Loon Jackson Yellow Perch 1240 Adult (4-7 inch)
April Louisa Murray Yellow Perch 1340 Adult (4-7 inch)
April Perch Martin Yellow Perch 556 Adult (4-7 inch)
April Rush Jackson Yellow Perch 250 Adult (4-7 inch)
April Shetek Murray Yellow Perch 1638 Adult (4-7 inch)
May Worthington Pond 1* Nobles Largemouth Bass 8 Breeding Adults
May Worhtington Pond 2* Nobles Largemouth Bass 8 Breeding Adults

KFP = Kid's Fishing Pond. Ponds are stocked to provide fishing opportunities, particularly for youth, in areas where fishing opportunities may be limited.  

* stocked into a pond that connects to Okabena Lake in Worthington. Ponds are drained in the fall and newly hatched fish in the ponds are introduced into Okabena Lake. Ponds are drained by Southwest Minnesota Sportsman's Club based in Worthington.