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Walker Area Walleye Coalition
This group was formed after many individuals, lake associations, and others needed a forum to voice their concerns over the declining walleye fishing in the Walker area lakes. The group met and proposed to the DNR fish management proposals for each of the coalition lakes. Dick Sternberg of Little Boy Lake and others provided valuable guidance for these proposals. The DNR agreed to some of the proposals and not others. The group is still working with the DNR concerning changes to management plans for the coalition lakes.
See additional web pages in this category for information on each of our lakes.
The lakes in the Walker Area Walleye Coalition are:
Birch, Blackwater, Inguadona, Little Boy, Long, Mule, Pleasant, Ponto, Sand, Stony, Trelipe (both Upper and Lower), Wabedo, Webb and Little Webb, Woman and Girl.
As you can see from the chart below, the WAWC has helped to ensure that walleye stocking has increased dramatically in the Walker area in the last few years.
1998-2007 2005-2007 2008
Avg # lakes stocked 6 9 17
Avg # pounds stocked 3544 5758 8549
Avg # fingerlings stocked 60,043 64,373 270,256
Mission Statement
Provide a forum for member lake representatives to register their concerns relative to the quality of walleye fishing in area lakes. Provide feedback to, and partner with, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Walker Area Fisheries Team. Partner in the design and development of walleye management plans for coalition lakes, under the guidelines of the DNR "Core Lakes Stocking Program."
Assist coalition lake representatives in understanding the status of walleye populations and management plans for their lake encompassing: walleye stocking rates, lake classification designation, lake survey interpretation, habitat enhancement, restoration, etc.
Assist in the design, development, and implementation of forward-looking walleye management plans that include aggressive walleye populations for coalition lakes.
Monitor results, compared to Action Assist in the development of corrective action plans if population goals are not being met.
Utilize member contacts and seek suggestions to meet coalition mission statement and goals.
Here are the actions the DNR has agreed to do for the lakes:
Blackwater - 678 lbs. fingerlings, fall of 2006
Long - 712 lbs. fingerlings, 2007
Mule - 250,000 fry, 2007
Little Boy - 800,000 fry, spring of 2006
Lower Trelipe - 712 lbs. fingerlings, fall of 2006
Upper Trelipe - 284 lbs. fingerlings, fall of 2006
Wabedo - 590 lbs. fingerlings, fall of 2006
Webb - 600,000 fry, spring of 2006
Little Webb - 70,000 fry, spring of 2006
Woman - dye-marked the fry stocked this spring. Creel survey next year.
Inguadona, Ponto, Pleasant - electrofish fall of 2006. Creel surveys next year.
The DNR has agreed to stock Inguadona, Pleasant and Ponto lakes. These are the last three lakes to be addressed from the original participants.
This is the stocking the DNR has agreed to for 2008:
Fry Fingerlings
Ada 800,000 430 lbs (contingent)
Baby 470 lbs
Big Portage 900,000
Birch 1,510 lbs
Blackwater 678 lbs
Horseshoe 100,000
Inguadona 1,130 lbs
Leech 20,000,000
Little Boy 800,000 932 lbs (contingent)
Little Webb 70,000
Lower Trelipe 712 lbs
Pleasant 820 lbs
Ponto 204 lbs
Portage 1,348 lbs
Sugar 325
Thirteen 500,000
Upper Trelipe 284 lbs
Vermillion 230 lbs
Wabedo 590 lbs
Webb 600,000
Woman 4,000,000