Walleye stocking starts with spawning at Colorado state parks
Credit: Colorado Outdoors, Photos and story by Alicia Cohn. Cohn is a former communications specialist for CPW.
Next time you catch a walleye at a Colorado state park, thank an aquatic biologist for putting that fish there in the first place. Walleye production is a major process involving enforcement, biologists, state parks and hatcheries working together to produce great angling opportunities.
It starts with the walleye spawn, which is taking place now at Chatfield, Cherry Creek and Lake Pueblo state parks. On a recent Friday during the spawn at Chatfield, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatic Biologist Paul Winkle led a team of biologists and volunteers through a half-day process that included collecting male and female walleye, fertilizing the eggs and microchipping the females before releasing them back into the lake. This process will eventually contribute 3 million walleye fry at ¼- inch in length to Chatfield Reservoir, a popular spot for local angling.
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