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Why do we stock lakes?

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I was wondering why the DNR stock lakes? I was reading in a weekly outdoors magazine that a lake mentioned in southern mn had excellent reproduction along with other "smaller, pothole" type lakes. It got me thinking about how much stocking has been done on leech in the last 2 years, and I have come up with a theory...MONEY! It's funny how we chastise the government but then ask them to "provide" fish for out catching. Any thoughts...

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Of course it's partly about money. It's also quite a lot about recreation opportunities, which definitely may in folks' minds circle right back around to money.

While some more southern lakes have good production on their own (let's keep it to walleyes for the moment), there are many, many lakes that would have little or no walleyes if it weren't for stocking, and many other lakes that have natural production can't keep up with current fishing pressure, so stocking is necessary there, too.

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