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Published July 31, 2013, 12:25 PM

Record number of walleye stocked in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials say excellent production at national fish hatcheries at Riverdale and Valley City have enabled them to stock a record 11 million walleye fingerlings into state waters this year.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials say excellent production at national fish hatcheries at Riverdale and Valley City have enabled them to stock a record 11 million walleye fingerlings into state waters this year.

A total of 110 lakes and rivers in North Dakota were stocked with the state's staple game fish, the Game and Fish Department reported. The amount is about 1 million more than last year. The most fingerlings — 4.3 million— went into the Lake Sakakawea reservoir on the Missouri River.

Spring rains raised water levels at many fisheries across the state, resulting in conditions that should be good for the survival of the young fish, said Jerry Weigel, leader of the department's fisheries production and development section.

"There has never been a better time to fish for walleye," he said. "Statewide, there are a lot of great opportunities, and a very good chance of success."

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