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From yesterday's Springfield News-Sun. There is even a rumor of a "state record" Walleye in the nets. I got that third-hand but it makes for good early season speculation.

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Walleye trap-netting at C.J. a big success


By Brian Plasters
Staff Writer
Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Ohio Division of Wildlife resumed its trap-netting for walleyes at C.J. Brown Reservoir in March after skipping the 2006 walleye breeding season.
Walleye cannot breed on their own at C.J. Brown and other lakes across the state, so the ODOW steps in and artificially maintains the walleye population.

The process is quick: The walleyes are caught in nets, ODOW biologists harvest eggs from the females. All the walleyes are measured, then released. The eggs will be used to produce walleye and saugeye fingerlings.
The ODOW skipped the netting last year because the reservoir was drawn down to allow for construction of the new boat ramp.
ODOW biologists had extra incentive in March to gather as many walleye eggs as possible after it was decided not to collect eggs on the Maumee River. Although the Maumee holds a huge population of spawning walleyes, it flows to Lake Erie, where a fish virus infected some species last year.
"We wanted to get more eggs than we ever did in the past, and fortunately we were successful in that. It went good," ODOW District 5 Fish Management Supervisor Doug Maloney said. "We're attempting to collect all our eggs for walleye and saugeye production from places other than the Maumee River this year. We just went back to those same old places that we have been going and tried to get more."
Maloney said "plenty of big fish" were netted at the reservoir, including some more than 10 pounds.
"It was a mirror image of what we've seen in recent years," he said.
The only difference was an absence of abundant numbers of 13- to 14-inch walleyes. After only one sampling period, Maloney wasn't overly concerned with the missing younger fish.
"That's a little bit unusual," he said. "That was the only noticeable difference this year as compared to other years."
The ODOW annually stocks more than 300,000 walleye fingerlings (1- to 3-inch fish) in the reservoir, with a high of 645,000 stocked in 2001. Expect this year's stocking between May 10 and June 10.
In 2003, 443,000 walleyes were stocked. Maloney said those walleye that survived this long will weigh between 2 and 5 pounds (the survival rate is anywhere from 1 to 5 percent).
When the cold weather turns around, it could be a banner year for walleye fishing.
"Those fish would be, by now, at least averaging 20-inches plus," Maloney said.
Contact this reporter at (937) 328-0366 or [email protected]
 
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