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"Matt, how does Game and Fish manage for walleye?"

Walleye are an important and popular sport fish in Wyoming. If you haven’t gone out walleye fishing, you should, they are tasty and we have populations of walleye in many of the mid-sized to large reservoirs east of the Continental Divide. Many of our walleye fisheries are managed as wild fisheries, where walleye reproduction sustains the population-Pathfinder and Boysen for example. In some reservoirs, however, natural reproduction is not sufficient to support the fishery; so, we stock walleye fingerlings - at Grayrocks and Keyhole, to name a few.

Game and Fish works to ensure quality walleye populations through population sampling and angler surveys. All the data are stitched together by the fisheries biologist to get an accurate picture of what is going on with the fish population. Based on the results of the sampling, management action may be recommended by the biologist. Management actions can include changes in stocking like increase numbers, decrease numbers, start or stop stocking; changes in regulation like increase or decrease creel limits, size restrictions; and forage manipulation such as stocking forage species like gizzard shad or emerald shiner.

Matt Hahn
Casper Regional Fisheries Supervisor

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