Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to collect broodfish to support stocking programs from hatcheries
Ky. – The Kentucky Department of
Fish and Wildlife Resources will collect walleye and sauger from waters
throughout the state from late January through spring.
“Both the walleye and sauger fisheries in
Kentucky wouldn’t be as good without stocking,” said David Baker, stream
fisheries biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“We will take some of these fish as broodfish to the hatchery, spawn them off
and return them to the waters from which they came.”
Baker said broodfish collection could start as
soon as next week if the weather cooperates. Broodstock collected in the coming
weeks will help provide better fishing in Kentucky in the future.
Fisheries crews will collect Lake Erie strain
walleye, which thrive in lake environments, and native walleye, a riverine fish
whose populations declined due in part to rivers being dammed.
Lake Erie strain walleye will be collected from
Carr Creek Lake in Knott County, Paintsville Lake in Johnson and Morgan
counties, Laurel River Lake in Whitley and Laurel counties, Lake Cumberland in
Russell County, the Russell Fork River in Pike County and the Green River in
Employees will also collect native walleye for an
ongoing restoration effort to reestablish that strain in its former range.
Fisheries employees plan to collect native river strain walleye broodstock from
the Rockcastle River, the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and the Barren
River, among others.
Crews will collect broodstock sauger from the
Ohio River below the Meldahl and Markland dams.