In 2022 and 2023 we saw weather extremes that severely effected the production of perch and walleye fingerlings. In 2022 we had a tornado that destroyed our electric lines and caused us to lose our entire crop of feed trained perch for that year which in turn meant we wouldn’t have 2 year old perch for the following year. In 2023 we had an unusually cold spring which delayed the hatch of both perch and walleye. When it did finally warm up it got too warm too fast ( 81 degrees on May 11 and water temps in the low to mid 60’s) . The eggs of those 2 species hatch prematurely and the resulting fry were very weak.

We will be trying some things to diminish those problems in 2024. We are also experimenting with a type of zooplankton organism called rotifers. They are the first food of perch and walleye. Our goal is to find a way to increase the number of these tiny bugs in our ponds in the future.