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Associated Press, Published July 13 2012

Nearly 10 million walleye fingerlings stocked in ND lakes

BISMARCK — State and federal wildlife officials have completed stocking nearly 10 million walleye fingerlings in 113 North Dakota lakes, some of the highest amounts ever.

About 8.7 million fingerlings came from the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery and 1.1 million came from the Valley City National Fish Hatchery, said Jerry Weigel, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries official.

"This year's efforts finished in the top five of most waters stocked and most fingerlings stocked," he said.

Notable stockings included 4 million fingerlings in Lake Sakakawea and more than half a million in Stump Lake.

"We had all the fish stocked before this recent hot spell set, which should help increase the chances of good survival," Weigel said. "We'll know more this fall when crews check on survival rate of the stocked fish and determine the amount of natural reproduction."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.