A walleye restocking program in Lake Minnetonka is helping keep our lakes' fish population healthy.
The program is called Westonka Walleye Program and has been running for seven years.
There is very little natural reproduction in Lake Minnetonka and the metro lakes. In order to increase the walleye count in the lakes they need to be restocked.
The DNR regulates the program and the fish that are stocked.
This program stocks large fish from around 8 to 13-inches long. This is because larger fish have a better chance of growing into a harvestable size of 16-inches.
The walleye restocking program asks that people release the smaller size fish because they have a chance of growing into the 16-inch goal for harvest.