Game and Fish workers stock 11 million walleye fingerlings

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says its workers have just completed one of the largest fish stocking efforts in the history of the agency.

Crews have stocked 140 lakes across the state with more than 11 million walleye fingerlings from the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery.

Fisheries production leader Jerry Wiegel says the Garrison Dam hatchery had to step up this year because of fish production that couldn’t be used at the Valley City National Fish Hatchery. Its source of water is Lake Ashtabula, where zebra mussels were recently discovered.

Walleye already produced at Valley City where used only to stock Lake Ashtabula. Some were also sent to other states for use in lakes where zebra mussels already exist.