I left a message for Mark Bacigalupi of MN DNR Fisheries regarding the status of Walleye stocking Island Lake. On Monday March 19th I received a return call from Mike Knapp, Mark' assistant and he informed that Island Lake was stocked with 150 lbs of Walleye fingerlings in October of 2017. That's approximately 4125 - 6 inch fingerlings. I also asked if there was an change to Island Lake's status regarding future stocking. Some of you may have read that the State has revamped it's stocking priorities for many lakes. Mark informed me that nothing has changed for Island Lake, and that we are still on a 3 year rotation for walleye stocking. The informal "rule of thumb" for the amount to stock each lake is one lb per acre of lake. Some lakes have been designated to receive double stockings depending on the survivabilty of the fingerlings.
In know many like to keep their productive fishing spots secret, but it's important that the DNR knows that we are catching walleyes. Their test nets never seem to find any walleyes in Island Lake so they could tend to believe that stocking Island Lake is a waste of fingerlings. Please post photos of your walleyes to help keep the stocking efforts.