By Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials say state and tribal agencies have planted nearly 4.7 million young walleyes in more than 110 Michigan water bodies this year.

The Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday announced results of its annual walleye rearing pond harvest and stocking operations.

Eggs were taken from adults from the Muskegon River and Lake Michigan’s Little Bay De Noc. They were hatched at Thompson, Wolf Lake and Platte River state fish hatcheries.

Larval walleyes were to local ponds and reared for up to 60 days. They were harvested when they reached 1 ½ to 2 inches long, then stocked in public waters. They’ll reach legal size within five years.

About 1 million of the fingerlings were reared by the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority.

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