Walleye on upswing at Cheney

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Jul 20, 2006
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More than 13 million walleye fry were added to Cheney Reservoir this spring. Biologists made the stocking in hopes of off-setting the lake's white perch population.

White perch, a fish native to East Coast estuaries, were accidentally stocked in Cheney in 1994.

The highly-prolific predatory fish have since decimated gamefish reproduction and most stocking efforts.

Last winter's cold weather may have helped reduce the problem.

"We had a sizable white perch die-off last winter and I wanted to make sure I took advantage of the situation," said John Stein, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist. "I'd requested 5 million fry, but they had a good hatch rate at the hatchery, so we got more."


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