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In Kentucky Fishing News, A Survey and Stocking Underway

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will collect walleye and sauger from waters throughout the state from late January through spring.

“Both the walleye and sauger fisheries in Kentucky wouldn’t be as good without stocking,” said David Baker, stream fisheries biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We will take some of these fish as broodfish to the hatchery, spawn them off and return them to the waters from which they came.”

Baker said broodfish collection could start as soon as next week if the weather cooperates. Broodstock collected in the coming weeks will help provide better fishing in Kentucky in the future.

Fisheries crews will collect Lake Erie strain walleye, which thrive in lake environments, and native walleye, a riverine fish whose populations declined due in part to rivers being dammed.

Lake Erie strain walleye will be collected from Carr Creek Lake in Knott County, Paintsville Lake in Johnson and Morgan counties, Laurel River Lake in Whitley and Laurel counties, Lake Cumberland in Russell County, the Russell Fork River in Pike County and the Green River in Taylor County.

Employees will also collect native walleye for an ongoing restoration effort to reestablish that strain in its former range. Fisheries employees plan to collect native river strain walleye broodstock from the Rockcastle River, the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and the Barren River, among others.

Crews will collect broodstock sauger from the Ohio River below the Meldahl and Markland dams.

Fisherman survey being sent out

The fisheries division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is conducting a survey to assess angler attitudes, opinions and fishing habits.

A random sample of 1,800 resident anglers who purchased an annual fishing license in 2014 will receive a survey booklet in the mail. The fisheries division mailed surveys Jan. 12.

“Even if fishing isn’t particularly important to them or they are not experienced anglers, we still want their opinion,” said Dave Dreves, fisheries research biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “For this survey to accurately represent all persons fishing in Kentucky, it is vitally important for each angler who receives a survey to complete it.”

Anglers will be asked the types of areas they fish, species pursued, fishing frequency and their motivations. The survey also includes questions about their beliefs concerning policies and regulations of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Responses from survey participants will help guide the future direction of fisheries programs.

Dreves encourages those who receive a survey to fill it out completely and return it to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife with the envelope provided as soon as possible.

From the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

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