Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery stocks record number of fingerlings

Staff reports
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Consistent warm weather this spring led to the high survival of newly hatched fish at Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery near Waubay.

The successful hatch led to the stocking of over 4.25 million fingerlings, according to a news release from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department. The previous high for fingerling production was 3.3 million in the 1990s.

Nearly 40 lakes throughout South Dakota received walleye, saugeye or yellow perch fingerlings in the 1- to 2-inch size range.

According to the release, lower Lake Oahe received over 2.1 million walleye fingerlings, which were marked so they could be distinguished from naturally produced fish in the reservoir. The fingerlings are part of a study to determine if stocking will contribute to Oahe’s fishery in the future.

Small fingerlings are used to supplement natural production, maintain fish populations or introduce a species to a new water. Anglers should experience the benefits of the stockings in about three years.