Waterville Fish Hatchery Hosts AM Minnesota
The KDHL AM Minnesota program hits the road Monday, April 29, 2019 for a show at the Waterville Fish Hatchery. Details about their May 9th open house will be given. We will also learn about the work they do at the hatchery. The open house will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 50317 Fish Hatchery Road in rural Waterville.
Did you know there are 15 hatcheries in Minnesota? Cool and warm water hatcheries. Waterville has both cool and warm water. These 15 hatcheries help stock 1,100 lakes and some rivers. Muskies, Walleye and Catfish are developed in Waterville. There are 16 ponds at the Waterville Fish Hatchery. 10 are Muskies only, 2 Walleye and Muskies, 1 Channel Catfish, 2 Walleyes only and 1 provides water for the hatchery.
Minnesota has more Walleye, Walleye lakes and Walleye anglers than any other state. Each year 3.5 million Walleye are harvested according the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Walleye begin spawning in April as the water temperature approaches 45 degrees.
The Governor's Fishing Opener is in Southern Minnesota this year. Activities take place Friday, May 10th and fishing is Saturday, May 11th on Albert Lea Area lakes.
On AM Minnesota we will learn about a food study for Muskies the workers at the Waterville Fish Hatchery are pretty excited about.
The Waterville Fish Hatchery was established in 1954. The hatchery has had three major updates. The most recent in 2012.