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(Provided by IDNR)

The Indian DNR stocked another 25,000 walleye fingerlings in Kokomo Reservoir in May, marking the 20th year that walleyes have been released into the 484-acre Howard County impoundment.

The walleyes averaged 1.5 inches long and were produced at the Cikana State Fish Hatchery near Martinsville.

Walleyes are popular among Hoosier anglers and are stocked in Kokomo Reservoir to provide walleye fishing opportunities in central Indiana.

Sampling by DNR fisheries biologists has shown that walleye survival is good at Kokomo Reservoir.

(By Chip Leer)

Casting for Walleyes

In the early weeks of the open-water walleye season, post-spawn fish disperse onto flats and along breaklines, where they put the feedbag on before heading off to their summer haunts.

Baitfish are at a low point in abundance for the year, so hungry ’eyes often gorge on a variety of insect life and anything else they can scrounge up off bottom.

With the fish looking down for food, a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or artificial softbait like Northland Fishing Tackle’s IMPULSE Smelt Minnow is a deadly presentation.

Swivel Head CrawlerNorthland’s new Swivel-Head Jig is especially hard to beat. Borrowing from bass fishing’s swing-head craze, it uses a barrel swivel to couple a flat-bottom football head with a size 2 Crawler Hauler VMC hook.

(Provided by All Creation Media)

Get Loud, Catch More Walleyes

Anglers across the Walleye Belt keep commotion to a minimum to avoid spooking skittish walleyes. But there are times when silence isn't so golden. In fact, making a little noise can often help you catch more fish, year-round.

"We've been taught that stealth is critical to success, but there are many situations where using sound to attract walleyes can increase your catch rates," says veteran guide and tournament champion Scott Glorvigen.

To be clear, he doesn't advocate creating a clamor of cataclysmic proportions. "Dropping an anchor on the bottom of an aluminum boat isn't going to make the walleyes come charging in," he laughs. "But the judicious use of rattles inside spoons, crankbaits and other presentations can call fish from a distance."

(Provided by Michigan DNR)

Yellow PerchThe Michigan DNR approved changes to walleye and yellow perch recreational fishing regulations in Saginaw Bay. The new regulations went into effect immediately.

For walleye, the daily possession limit is increased from five (5) to eight (8) fish and the minimum size limit is reduced from 15 to 13 inches. For yellow perch, the daily possession limit is reduced from 50 to 25 fish.

Walleye have recovered and are very abundant in Saginaw Bay, and while this recovery is considered a success story, walleye are now suppressing the available prey base. Some of the consequences of less available prey are slower walleye growth and poor survival of juvenile yellow perch. Yellow perch are reproducing very well (like walleye), but young perch are not surviving, which may be in part due to walleye predation. As a result, the adult yellow perch population has been greatly reduced.

The waters of Lake Huron where these regulation changes for walleye and yellow perch will change are known as Lake Huron management unit MH-4 (www.michigan.gov) includingthe Saginaw River up to the Center Road Bridge in Saginaw. Fishing seasons for walleye and yellow perch were not changed for these waters.