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The DNR stocked our lake with 15,000 spring fingerling (about one inch in length) walleye fish on May 30th 2017. They have not done this for a few years or more as of budget dealings. They plan on stocking lakes in SW Michigan every two years, and ours should be stocked again in 2019.
Out of those 15,000 fingerlings 70-80% could not survive the first year, the second year is 40% of whats left could not survive. So after the first year we could lose 11,250 fish. For the second year we could have 3,750 fish left, and out that, 40% is 1500. So after two years according to the DNR we could be left with 2250 fish. The DNR's goal is 2 fish per acre. Lake of the Woods is approximately 300 acres in size so that puts their goal at 600 walleye. Hopefully we can have that larger number of 2250 walleye left in our lake after 2 years. They said this is somewhat all the same in lakes in SW Michigan. Our lakes in SW Michigan do not have the structure to support larger numbers of stocked walleye fish surviving. Happy fourth of July and see you in the boat parade. LOWIA