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2021 Walleye Fishing Forecast

Annually, in March fisheries biologists and hatchery production staff collect 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 2020, VDWR stocked approximately 1,025,283 Walleye fingerlings. Overall, 2020 was a good production year slightly above the long term annual production average for the past decade of 890,852 fingerlings statewide, see chart below. The following report offers Walleye sampling results and fishing forecasts on waters 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.

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