Michigan DNR to Begin Walleye Egg Collection Efforts on Muskegon River Soon

The Michigan DNR is asking anglers on the Muskegon River to be on the lookout for personnel collecting walleye eggs below the Croton Dam this spring.

The DNR says electrofishing boats will be out on the river collecting walleye eggs starting as early as next week.

The DNR is asking anglers to exercise caution when fishing near the electrofishing boats.

The DNR will also be asking wading anglers to exit the river when the boat approaches to ensure their safety.

The DNR recommends those who wish to avoid the walleye collection activities fish downstream.

Walleye egg collection on the Muskegon River should wrap up by April 17.

The DNR says they plan to collect about 30 million walleye eggs from the Muskegon River this year. That will result in more than 13 million fry for transfer to rearing ponds and direct fry plants throughout the Lower Peninsula.

From there, the walleye fry transferred to ponds will be raised to fingerling size and stocked in lakes and rivers throughout the state in late spring or early summer.