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DNR says Walleye Stamps Benefit Lake Stocking

DNR says Walleye Stamps Benefit Lake Stocking Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

April 21, 2017 01:23 PM

Minnesotans' snail mail can now include walleye stamps whose proceeds will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

According to the department's fisheries program consultant Neil Vanderbosch, the funds from the $5 walleye stamps will go toward buying walleye from private farms and relocating them into the state's lakes.

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"You can buy a walleye stamp any time of the year, even if you already have a fishing license," Vanderbosch said in a statement.

The DNR, in addition to raising and stocking walleye, also buys walleye fingerlings - fish in the 4- to 6-inch stage - to add to rearing ponds before they're released into lakes. The walleye stamps help pay for those fingerlings, the department said.

"Just about anywhere you go in Minnesota, there's a lake fairly close by where you can fish for walleye," Vanderbosch said. "To decide what lakes and how many fish to stock, we look at available habitat, prey and past stocking success, and make individual lake management plans that guide stocking decisions."

The stamp features a walleye painting by Timothy Turenne, of Richfield.

You can find more information about the stamp here.

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