Stocking

Windom Area: Fish Stocking (updated 11/7/2017)

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 2017

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
AprilBean
Cottonwood
70,500
Fry^
AprilBinghamCottonwood137,000Fry^
AprilClearMartin140,000
Fry^
AprilClearJackson208,000
Fry^
AprilCurrantMurray188,500
Fry^
AprilDead CoonLincoln277,500
Fry^
AprilDoubleCottonwood118,000
Fry^
AprilEast GrahamNobles255,500
Fry^
AprilEast TwinLyon112,000
Fry^
MayHeronJackson2,311,131
Fry
AprilLittle SpiritJackson320,000
Fry^
AprilLongWatonwan128,000
Fry^
AprilLoonJackson369,719
Fry^
AprilRoundJackson473,500
Fry^
AprilSarahMurray200,000Fry^
AprilShetekMurray1,838,805Fry^
AprilSloughLincoln81,000Fry^
MaySmithMurray99,430Fry
AprilStayLincoln110,000Fry^
AprilWest GrahamNobles265,162Fry^
AprilWilmertMartin181,000Fry^
AprilYanktonLyon193,500Fry^
 OctoberBig Twin  Martin3,005  Fingerlings^
OctoberClearLyon717Mixed
OctoberFirst FuldaMurray4,214Mixed
OctoberFishMartin415Mixed
OctoberImogeneMartin662Mixed
OctoberIndianNobles1,330Mixed
OctoberKinbraeNobles898Mixed
OctoberShaokotanLincoln4,326Fingerlings^
OctoberSouth SilverMartin4,092Fingerlings
OctoberWilsonMurray1,184Mixed
OctoberIndependenceJackson463Adults
OctoberMountainCottonwood104Adults
OctoberSt. JamesWatonwan528Adults
OctoberWellner-Hageman ReservoirBrown441Adults

 

 ^ Lake Sarah strain Walleye

~ Yearlings are age-1 fish (10 to 15 inch range)

~ Mixture is a combination of Fingerlings (6 to 8 inches) and Yearlings

~ Adults are 15 inches or greater and 1 pound each or greater (age 2 or older).

Northern Pike 2017 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
June KansasWatonwan  1,695 Fingerling

 

Other Species 2017

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Species
Number
Size
AprilEdgerton KFPWatonwan Bluegill 280Adult 
 AprilHills Reservoir KFPRock  Bluegill  240Adult
 AprilIndependence Park Pond - Marshall KFPLyon  Bluegill  340Adult 
 AprilIndian KFPPipestone  Bluegill 320 Adult
 AprilLuverne Pit (Schoneman Pond) KFPRock Bluegill 320Adult 
 AprilLuverne Veterans KFP Rock Bluegill  280Adult 
 April Talcot Pond KFP Cottonwood Bluegill 296 Adult
 MayButterfield KFPWatonwanBlack Crappie  129Adult 
 May Independence Park Pond - Marshall KFPLyon Black Crappie  150Adult 
 MaySwift KFP LyonBlack Crappie  90Adult 
 May Timber Jackson Black Crappie  645  Adult
 MayWorthington Pond 1*  Nobles  Largemouth Bass  8Brood*
 MayWorthington Pond 2* Nobles Largemouth Bass 8Brood*
 April Independence Park Pond - Marshall KFP Lyon Yellow Perch 150Adult 
 AprilShetek Murray  Yellow Perch1,000 Adult 
AprilClear Martin  Yellow Perch330 Adult 

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.