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Old 04-18-2011, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A put and take fishery like the trout program. While the walleye may ATTEMPT to spawn, it appears to be a dismal failure.

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"Stocking still vital to fishery

Still, chemical tagging shows that the stocking program remains the primary support for the river's walleye fishery, according to Lutterbie's latest report. Nearly 80 percent of the fish collected in 2006 were from previous stocking efforts.

"Hopefully we will see this number go down to the point that the walleye population will once again be supported through natural reproduction," Lutterbie said.

"The higher we can build the walleye population, the greater is the chance that they will reproduce naturally," Miller said.

Walleye are still facing stiff competition from other species and are threatened by the loss of habitat due to sedimentation in the river. Despite years of discussion, habitat restoration remains a distant and costly hope with a price tag climbing into the millions, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If the natural reproduction numbers had hit the numbers the IDNR wanted the stocking program would have ceased 5 or 6 years ago. Until the loss of spawning habitat to sand/sediment ceases and the spawning areas get rehabbed don't look for the natural reproduction numbers to ever hit the target needed for the stocking to cease. We should be thankful, that in these times of budget woes for the state that the stocking program continues to be funded.

Look for an announcement soon about a rollout of public information meetings, brochures and a website about the sand/sediment issues from the Kankakee River rRoundtable.
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