In March of 2019, fisheries biologists and hatchery production staff collected adult Walleye from the New River, Staunton River, and South Holston Reservoir for the production of fingerling Walleye to stock in selected lakes and rivers in Virginia. Walleye were spawned or hatched at Vic Thomas, Front Royal, King and Queen, and Buller Fish Cultural Stations, raised in ponds until they are about 1.5 inches long, when they were stocked in locations across the state.
Additionally, female Walleye are crossed with male Sauger to produce the hybrid Saugeye. Saugeye perform well in some systems and are stocked with or in place of Walleye. In 2019, VDGIF stocked approximately 677,149 Walleye and 60,000 Saugeye fingerlings. Overall, 2019 was a fair production year but slightly below the long term annual production average for the past decade of 890,852 fingerlings statewide. The following report offers Walleye sampling results and fishing forecasts on those waters that are stocked with Walleye and Saugeye fingerlings. Anglers who want the challenge of catching a Walleye or Saugeye should fish one of the locations in this forecast.