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Iowa DNR Stocks More than 100 Million Walleye into Iowa's Lakes

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A DNR worker stocks fish into a lake in California

After pulling a few all-nighters netting, sorting and spawning fish, Iowa’s fisheries supervisors are ready for a break. They’ve spent the last month working to ready the more than 100 million walleye fry, fish less than 2 inches in size, that get stocked into Iowa’s lakes and rivers every year.

This hour on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Jay Rudacille, who supervises the spawning and stocking process at Lake Rathsbun about the work that goes on behind the scenes to ready Iowa’s lakes and rivers for anglers. Chad Dolan, Fisheries Management Biologist for Lake Darling State Park and Kate Lodge, Director for the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association also join the conversation. 

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer