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Minnesota DNR cancels egg-taking program for fish stocking


April 16, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday it has canceled its annual fish egg-taking activities for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. Eggs taken from big spawning fish, especially walleyes, are usually used to stock many lakes in the state. (File / News Tribune)

With Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff virtually confined to quarters during the governor's "stay at home" order, the agency on Tuesday, April 14 said it will cancel its entire 2020 egg-taking program.

DNR fisheries staff go into rivers each spring and grab egg-laiden female fish, especially walleye, then harvest those eggs to raise in hatcheries. The big female fish are released, but their eggs are used to stock lakes across the state. Major operations are held annually near Cut Foot Sioux Lake and Lake Vermilion.


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