Tuesday, March 28th, 2023
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Lower Mississippi walleye strain gaining prominence in southern Minnesota lakes

Minnesota DNR officials squeeze the eggs out of an adult walleye from Lake Sarah in Murray County. These walleye come from the Lower Mississippi Strain and have been naturally reproducing in Lake Sarah. (Photo courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)
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.
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