Apr 10, 2010 3:43 PM by Stephanie Collins

Pueblo Fish Hatchery getting national attention

Its Walleye spawning season and biologists and employees with the Division of Wildlife in Pueblo have been working overtime for almost a month to produce Walleye. Something different this year though, they are getting national attention for their efforts.

A national TV network, the World Fishing Network, featured the Pueblo Fish Hatchery on one of their shows, "This is the season for the Walleye spawn, and that show wanted to see that locally, showing people what's going on in their own backyard," says manager David Harris.

Thanks to the Pueblo Fish Hatchery, millions of Walleye fish are born at the start of every spring, and put in lakes and reservoirs across Colorado and the U.S. Recently however, there's been problems with people moving walleye to lakes they aren't supposed to be in. This year the hatchery is trying something experimental to solve that, "We're making a non-reproductive or sterile Walleye to be used in management stores, so it can't be spread around to other places that aren't desirable," says Harris.

It can be big trouble if the Walleye, a predatory fish, is put in a place where they can harm endangered species. The work they're doing at the hatchery is definitely deserving of the attention they're getting.

Crews at the hatchery say after Saturday they should be done gathering eggs. Their goal this year, 47 million, and they are nearly there. The feature on the pueblo fish hatchery aired
Tuesday on the world fishing network, if you missed it, click here.



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