MORE THAN 19,500 ADVANCED-SIZED MUSKELLUNGE FINGERLINGS STOCKED IN OHIO’S LAKES AND RESERVOIRS
COLUMBUS, OH – More than 19,500 advanced-sized muskellunge “muskie” fingerlings, averaging at least 10 inches in length, were stocked recently in nine Ohio lakes and reservoirs by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Another 680 of these difficult-to-raise fingerlings went to Illinois as part of a fish management exchange program among Midwestern states.
“I am very proud of the dedicated hatchery personnel and all the hard work they did to accomplish this great task,” said Elmer Heyob, fisheries administrator for the division’s hatchery program. “The muskie fishermen in Ohio will benefit for many years because of the high quality of these fish.”
Muskies are native to both the Ohio River and Lake Erie watersheds and are capable of reaching lengths of more than 50 inches and weights of 50 pounds. These exciting game fish are considered difficult to catch, but at certain times of the year they provide even casual anglers the thrill of a lifetime, since muskies routinely strike smaller lures and baits not intended for them.
The lakes (and number of fingerlings) stocked included Alum Creek (3,192), Caesar Creek (2,897), Clearfork Reservoir (2,069), Cowan Lake (757), Leesville Lake (1,068), Lake Milton (1,684), Piedmont Lake (2,273), Salt Fork Reservoir (3,106), and West Branch Reservoir (2,616).