After waiting, Wisc. Gov. Walker hooks walleye for the opener, announces plan to stock lakes


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proved that good things come to those who wait, catching a walleye 10 minutes into the state's fishing "re-opener," some three weeks after frozen lakes delayed the governor's casting call.

He even broke the so-called "governor's curse," according to WDIO-TV. The last governor to catch a fish on the opener was Jim Doyle 10 years ago.

The fishing was good, but Walker, along with the DNR, aim to make it even better, the station reports. This week they announced the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, a $13 million plan to stock more and bigger walleye in Wisconsin lakes.

This initiative comes after six bands of Chippewa tribes together declared more 1,000 more walleye than in previous years, according to Northland NewsCenter.

According to a press release issued Wednesday by the governor's office, the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative includes the following:

· $8.2 million in existing unencumbered bonding authority to expand hatchery capacities.

· $1.8 million for operating costs over the biennium.

· $2 million over the biennium for a competitive grant program for private organizations to expand walleye production and to cover operational costs.

"We wanted to find a way to balance respect for the treaty rights that they have, but in a way didn't diminish the ability for everybody else who either lives here, works here, certainly those who want to play here and enjoy as many fishing opportunities as possible," Walker said, according to NNC.

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