Mille Lacs Band Stocks more than 45,000 Walleye in Area Lakes

Sullivan, Pine, Big Pine, Platte, and Nammachers Lake have all been stocked

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Natural Resource and Environment (DNRE) announced today that it has stocked more than 45,000 Ogaa (walleye) into lakes in Aitkin, Pine, Morrison, and Crow Wing counties.

The fish, which ranged from 3 inches to 6.5 inches in length, were hatched by the Mille Lacs Band this spring from walleye eggs and milt taken from fish that has been speared by members of both the Mille Lacs and Fond du Lac Bands.

DNRE staff hatched the eggs into fry, then placed the fry into private rearing ponds to grow. Once the fish reached at least three inches in length, they were recaptured for permanent stocking into area lakes, including Sullivan, Pine, Big Pine, Platte, and Nammachers Lake.

Sullivan Lake: 10,112 walleye, average 5 inches in length. An additional 9,900 were stocked this fall.
Pine Lake: 9,421 walleye, average 5 inches in length. An additional 578 are planned to be added this fall.
Big Pine Lake: 2,400, average 5 inches.
Nammachers Lake: 5,200, averaged 3 inches in length at the time of stocking and have tripled in size to over 9 inches in just under 5 months.
Platte Lake: 6,023, average 5 inches. An additional 2,230 to be stocked this fall.

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