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That’s A Nice Walleye, What Do Ya Feed’em?

Photo Courtesy of FW&P

Bruce Auchly is a Fish, Wildlife and Parks guy over in Great Falls. He sent me an article you might be interested in reading and a walleye picture. I’ve taken some excerpts from the article to give you a general idea of what it’s all about;

“Winter days can be perfect for working out puzzles. Plenty of time to spend indoors trying to solve a riddle.

And so it goes with fisheries workers who spend cold days inside warm laboratories looking at fish guts. This is the time of year, Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries workers look at the contents of Tiber Reservoir walleye and northern pike stomachs, trying to figure out what those predators eat.

In the world of fish science, forage is the small fish that feed the big fish. With the right amount of forage, or prey species, predators like walleye and northern pike can grow big. But it’s never that easy, especially at Tiber.

The current state record walleye – 17.75 pounds – came from Tiber just four years ago. Earlier this year, a fisheries crew netted a 16-pound walleye from the north central reservoir on the Marias River. The fish was measured, weighed and released.

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