Outdoors blog: Walleye runs starting at Vermilion, Cut Foot Sioux
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
DNR taking walleye eggs already
Fisheries crews with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are taking walleye eggs at both Pike River on Lake Vermilion and on the Cut Foot Sioux River north of Deer River.
Crews set nets on the Pike River on March 30.
“That’s the second earliest ever,” said Joe Geis, DNR area fisheries supervisor at Tower. “The earliest was March 29 in 2000. We’ve taken some eggs, but it’s been slow to start off. It’s starting to pick up.”
At Cut Foot Sioux, nets were set last Sunday, and the first fish were caught on Monday, said Kris Koski, DNR fisheries specialist at Grand Rapids.
“We’ve had a few eggs the past few days,” Koski said Thursday. “It’s slow yet. I’d say [this coming] week is when it’ll take off. It’s running about two weeks earlier than normal. We normally get our first eggs April 21.”
Walleyes raised from the eggs will be used to stock lakes in Northeastern Minnesota.