North Dakota walleye spawning season successful

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State and federal officials say this year's walleye spawning season in North Dakota was successful despite the latest start on record.

Jerry Weigel with the state Game and Fish Department says officials from that agency and the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery had to wait for ice to melt at the walleye collection areas on Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake.

He says nets weren't set until May 2 this year, the first that no walleye eggs have been collected in April.

Crews collected 60 million eggs from Lake Sakakawea over a 10-day period. None were collected from Devils Lake because record water levels have made netting difficult.

Weigel says about 10 million walleye fingerlings will be stocked in about 100 North Dakota waters in mid-June.