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February 8, 2023

Lower Mississippi walleye strain gaining prominence in southern Minnesota lakes

During the past five years, the DNR has performed a “paired stocking” program that’s included the Lower Mississippi strain of walleyes and a northern strain in select southern lakes. Data have shown that LMS walleyes are outperforming the northern strain by 80% to 90% in most of those water bodies.
The project has centered on Lake Sarah, in northern Murray County, where DNR biologists say LMS walleyes naturally are reproducing.

A case study on Minnesota crappies looks at barotrauma in the popular fish among ice anglers

Fish were left overnight in a hoop net and re-inspected the next day. During re-inspection, it was found that a large percentage of the fish were either dead or not dead but not releasable. A small percentage appeared to be in good condition and could be released.
Data from this study are purely anecdotal at this point. But the observations from this work will guide future, more formal research.

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