Mission Walleye Restoration Part 1- Operation “No Bad Egg”

This is part one of a three part series.

In 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of harvested walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

We start our story with a team of fisheries management staff. Transported to remote areas of the province referred to as Spawn Camps, they have been called on to help repopulate walleye in Lac La Biche – the mission – collect walleye eggs.

The following snapshot is of the base of one of the operations sites located on Brett Creek on the northwest side of Primrose lake.

Spawn Camp 1

Spawn Camp is no picnic, the team will face numerous challenges including no roads, no cell service, no internet, no email, no shower and no toilet. They will need to live trap walleye, collect their eggs and milt, and return them safely back to the stream. Hours will be spent mixing batches of this special walleye recipe.

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Is the story of these little guys finished? Where will the eggs go now? Will the scales of success be tipped in their favour? Tune in next week for their next adventure!

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2 thoughts on “Mission Walleye Restoration Part 1- Operation “No Bad Egg”

  1. Pingback: Mission Walleye Restoration Part 2 – Operation “No Small Fry” | Alberta Environment and Parks

  2. Pingback: Mission Walleye Restoration Part 3 – Operation Stocking and Beyond | Alberta Environment and Parks

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