The Ohio Division of Wildlife has taken a different approach to meeting our annual stocking needs for muskellunge during 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal of stocking 19,890 advanced fingerlings in nine reservoirs has not changed, but the way we need to go about it has.
This is obviously not a typical year and we have had to adjust in many ways. In a typical year, Division of Wildlife crews net adult muskellunge from Leesville Lake during early to mid-April to take and fertilize eggs for part of our muskellunge production. Then, additional fertilized eggs are obtained the Minor Clark State Fish Hatchery, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), to augment our needs. Unfortunately, we could not collect eggs from Leesville Lake this year because the time period required to do so overlapped with the peak of COVID-19 ramping up, and, KDFWR did not take any muskellunge eggs this year for the same reason. Similar situations have occurred in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission believes that they may be able to provide our fish hatcheries with 55,000 2-3 inch fingerling muskellunge this June. These fish would be grown out in our hatcheries to advanced fingerlings to meet our annual stocking goal this fall. We are very appreciative of this generous offer and are hopeful that this approach works out. Fish production happens one step at a time and we will keep you posted as efforts progress.
Thank you for your understating and continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Executive Administrator, Fish Management & Research
ODNR Division of Wildlife
Phone: (614) 265-6554 e-mail: [email protected]
Posted 6/18/2021 11:35 PM (#980752 - in reply to #958444) Subject: Re: Ohio muskie stocking update
Location: South Central PA
That's great to hear that PA Fish and Boat is helping out. PA has been doing alot for muskies in the last few years. They started following other states by stocking yearling muskies instead of fingerlings.
I just wish they would get rid of those tiger muskies and go all in with all pure strain. Tigers just don't seem to make it in the small rivers around our area (south central PA). Case in point I have 2 large creeks that are stocked only with tigers yet we only catch pure strain. We will spot light in the summer to get a good count of the muskies on some of the holes and never see any tigers. But I will say that our small lakes the tigers do very well, but are the hardest fish to catch.