A total of 59,002 large fingerling, 1,156 yearling, 8,497 fingerling, and 75,983 small fingerling walleye were stocked into the Pickerel/Crane Lakes Chain through the fall of 2017.
12,291 large fingerlings by the Lake District
1,156 yearlings by the Lake District
15,624 large fingerlings by the DNR
75,983 small fingerlings by Sokaogon Chippewa Community
6,608 large fingerlings by the Lake District
8,497 fingerlings by the Lake District
21,898 large fingerlings by the DNR
2,581 large fingerlings split by Lake District and Sokaogon Chippewa Community
Fish shocking was conducted prior to the stocking of the fingerlings from Mole Lake.
Water clarity was green and cloudy, but one small walleye, 5.7” long, was discovered. The reef works!!
Now we can only hope for natural reproduction during spring of 2020.
We will not be doing any stocking during the fall of 2020. Next anticipated stocking will be the fall of 2021.
Crane Lake Fall Survey
According to our fish biologist, Greg Matzke, we will be conducting another fall survey on Crane Lake to determine if we have natural reproduction without the aid of Mole Lake fertilization efforts. Last spring, Mike Preul and his crew, Gene Ebben, and I fertilized a number of female eggs, to determine if the newly established reef would indeed hatch eggs. During the fall of 2019, Greg was able to shock one walleye that was 5.7”, confirming the fact that the reef is functional. During the fall of 2020, we will be looking for walleyes that were hatched naturally on the reef, without our help in the fertilization process. Keep your fingers crossed, as it would be exciting to have natural walleye reproduction return to Pickerel and Crane Lakes.
Check out this great drone video as the actual work was being done on the Crane Lake spawning reef.
DNR and volunteers take measurements on 12 different transect point 75 feet apart along the shoreline and out to a depth of 4.5 feet of water
Bid notices sent out to contractors
Flannery selected as rock supplier
Site visit with Mike Preul and Flannery to discuss logistics of the project
Government shutdown-everything on hold including grant money
Government back in business-Volunteers and DNR stake out reef according to transect measurements taken back in June
Recruited community volunteers and Flannery to remove snow with skid steers and keep reef free of slush and snow
Send out notice to all volunteers and committee members 2 weeks before official start of project (projected to be the week of March 4th)
Reef construction began on Monday, March 4 and was completed by Thursday, March 7th
Any last-minute clean-up of the work area