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Game and Parks Commission to begin Walleye Egg Collection

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to begin collecting adult, spawning walleyes in late March. The Commission plans to collect approximately 76 million eggs to meet the 2015 stocking requests.

Anglers should be aware that Game and Parks staff will begin collecting walleyes the night of March 30 at Sherman Reservoir, and they will need to avoid Commission boats and nets. Starting on April 1, a designated area along the dam will be closed to both bank anglers and boats after sunset. Based on the results of early collection efforts at Sherman Reservoir, crews will initiate efforts at Merritt Reservoir on or before April 6, and at Lake McConaughy on or before April 13.

Netting of walleyes will take place until the egg quota has been met. Gill netting along the dam at night will capture female walleyes, while an electroshocking boat will collect males. Spawning operations will take place on the lake during the mornings, and fertilized eggs will be transferred to Nebraska state fish hatcheries for hatching.

It is expected that crews will be off of Sherman Reservoir by April 5, Merritt Reservoir by April 12 and Lake McConaughy by April 17, depending on netting success and weather.

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