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Teamwork helps complete Iowa’s annual spring gillnetting for walleye

Iowa DNR fisheries biologist Scott Grummer strips a broodstock female walleye out of Clear Lake. (Photo courtesy of Clear Lake DNR)

While the Iowa Great Lakes were still covered with ice, Storm Lake and Clear Lake were open, and with the warm weather, the water temperatures shot up rapidly, and gill netting took off at those facilities.
The gill netting went so well that by Wednesday, April 12, the full quota of eggs had been reached without needing anything from the Spirit Lake Hatchery. Hawkins notes that Storm Lake spawned out 890 female walleyes producing 631 quarts of eggs, while Clear Lake spawned out 670 female walleyes producing 356 quarts of eggs.

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