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Windom Area: Fish Stocking (updated 11/7/2017)

Walleye fry are stocked in lakes after years of stocking and survey analysis has determined that walleye fry contribute to the fishery better than walleye fingerlings.  Some lakes; however, are better suited for walleye fingerlings.  Walleye fry are stocked in ponds and harvested as fingerlings in the fall.  These fingerlings are then stocked in Area lakes. 

 

The Windom Area also operates some northern pike spawning areas.  Adult northern pike are stocked in these ponds and allowed to spawn naturally.  The ponds are drained in early June and the fingerlings are stocked in Area lakes that are managed for northern pike.  Northern pike need flooded vegetation where they can deposit their eggs in order to reproduce successfully.  Many northern pike spawning areas have disappeared with loss of wetlands in SW Minnesota making northern pike fingerling stocking necessary to maintain fishable northern pike lakes.

 

Walleye 2017

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
April Bean
Cottonwood
70,500
Fry^
April Bingham Cottonwood 137,000 Fry^
April Clear Martin 140,000
Fry^
April Clear Jackson 208,000
Fry^
April Currant Murray 188,500
Fry^
April Dead Coon Lincoln 277,500
Fry^
April Double Cottonwood 118,000
Fry^
April East Graham Nobles 255,500
Fry^
April East Twin Lyon 112,000
Fry^
May Heron Jackson 2,311,131
Fry
April Little Spirit Jackson 320,000
Fry^
April Long Watonwan 128,000
Fry^
April Loon Jackson 369,719
Fry^
April Round Jackson 473,500
Fry^
April Sarah Murray 200,000 Fry^
April Shetek Murray 1,838,805 Fry^
April Slough Lincoln 81,000 Fry^
May Smith Murray 99,430 Fry
April Stay Lincoln 110,000 Fry^
April West Graham Nobles 265,162 Fry^
April Wilmert Martin 181,000 Fry^
April Yankton Lyon 193,500 Fry^
 October Big Twin   Martin 3,005   Fingerlings^
October Clear Lyon 717 Mixed
October First Fulda Murray 4,214 Mixed
October Fish Martin 415 Mixed
October Imogene Martin 662 Mixed
October Indian Nobles 1,330 Mixed
October Kinbrae Nobles 898 Mixed
October Shaokotan Lincoln 4,326 Fingerlings^
October South Silver Martin 4,092 Fingerlings
October Wilson Murray 1,184 Mixed
October Independence Jackson 463 Adults
October Mountain Cottonwood 104 Adults
October St. James Watonwan 528 Adults
October Wellner-Hageman Reservoir Brown 441 Adults

 

 ^ Lake Sarah strain Walleye

~ Yearlings are age-1 fish (10 to 15 inch range)

~ Mixture is a combination of Fingerlings (6 to 8 inches) and Yearlings

~ Adults are 15 inches or greater and 1 pound each or greater (age 2 or older).

 

Northern Pike 2017 

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Number
Size
June  Kansas Watonwan   1,695  Fingerling

 

Other Species 2017

 

Month Stocked
Lake
County
Species
Number
Size
April Edgerton KFP Watonwan  Bluegill  280 Adult 
 April Hills Reservoir KFP Rock   Bluegill   240 Adult
 April Independence Park Pond - Marshall KFP Lyon   Bluegill   340 Adult 
 April Indian KFP Pipestone   Bluegill  320  Adult
 April Luverne Pit (Schoneman Pond) KFP Rock  Bluegill  320 Adult 
 April Luverne Veterans KFP  Rock  Bluegill   280 Adult 
 April  Talcot Pond KFP  Cottonwood  Bluegill  296  Adult
 May Butterfield KFP Watonwan Black Crappie   129 Adult 
 May  Independence Park Pond - Marshall KFP Lyon  Black Crappie   150 Adult 
 May Swift KFP  Lyon Black Crappie   90 Adult 
 May  Timber  Jackson  Black Crappie   645   Adult
 May Worthington Pond 1*   Nobles   Largemouth Bass   8 Brood*
 May Worthington Pond 2*  Nobles  Largemouth Bass  8 Brood*
 April  Independence Park Pond - Marshall KFP  Lyon  Yellow Perch  150 Adult 
 April Shetek  Murray   Yellow Perch 1,000  Adult 
April Clear  Martin   Yellow Perch 330  Adult 

KFP = Kid's Fishing Pond. Ponds are stocked to provide fishing opportunities, particularly for youth, in areas where fishing opportunities may be limited.  

* stocked into a pond that connects to Okabena Lake in Worthington. Ponds are drained in the fall and newly hatched fish in the ponds are introduced into Okabena Lake. Ponds are drained by Southwest Minnesota Sportsman's Club based in Worthington.