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DNR seeks input on walleye fisheries with online survey


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Department of Natural Resources officials are asking for your input on how the agency should be directing its effort to boost walleye populations in state waters.

Officials are circulating a survey that looks to find out more about your time on the lake. DNR fisheries section chief Ron Bruch says they want your input. "Their walleye fishing experiences, what they think walleye management objectives should be, and an opportunity to tell us what they think problems are and what solutions might be."

Governor Walker's Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is aiming to repair and improve the walleye fisheries in the state. The first round of improvements was an influx of funding to the state's walleye hatcheries, which put over 500,000 more fish into state waters than in previous years.

Bruch says the fish stocking was just the first part of the Walleye Initiative. "We all want to have more walleyes out there, and we all want to have better walleye fishing, we start with that common goal. But there's different ways of getting there and there's different things that the lakes can biologically support and produce."

Officials will be bringing the results of this survey to a Natural Resources Board meeting in December, but Bruch says that's just the start of the process. "We're going to be sitting down with the public in a very structured way. Anybody in the state will have an opportunity to get involved in this process."

On The Web: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/outreach/walleyeinitiative.html