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Students from Ashby, Minn. watch as DNR biologists prepare to sort through fish that were trapped overnight near Walker Lake. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

Hatching plans and walleyes: Students volunteer with DNR during spawn

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It was a rainy, windy and generally miserable morning on Monday, but the walleye were on their way to spawn – and there was work to do.


Biologists and staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries office in Fergus Falls put on their waders and waterproof gear, and jumped into 40-degree water. They sorted fish from the trap – walleyes from the others, males from females, “ripe” from “green” – and plopped them into the appropriate bucket.

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