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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fish stocking is a management tool available for biologists to manage or manipulate fish populations. Fish stocking has been utilized in Saskatchewan since 1900 in order to create new fisheries, enhance existing fisheries or help recover degraded fisheries. It is a common misconception that stocking is the solution to depleted or collapsed fisheries, when in reality the effectiveness of a stocking program to rehabilitate these fisheries varies greatly. The success of fish stocking is affected by many factors, including: habitat suitability, productive capacity of the waterbody, the size and quantity of the fish stocked, the presence of fish species that compete for food or prey on the stocked fish and environmental factors that affect survival. Stocking cannot sustain a fishery above the productive capability of the lake or the species

The size of fish stocked in Saskatchewan typically includes fry (fish that are only a few days old), fingerling (fish that are reared to approximately 8 to 12cm in length), catchable (fish that are reared to a catchable size of approximately 20 – 30cm in length) and adult (fish that have achieved maturity). Each year, the Fort Qu’Appelle Fish Culture station stocks millions of fish throughout the province, with the majority of fish being native species such as walleye, yellow perch or northern pike.

The Fish Culture Station is located east of Echo Valley Provincial Park on Highway #210. The visitor center is open for tours 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm from May 1st to Labor Day. The most interesting time to visit the Fish Culture Station is mid-May when walleye eggs are incubating / hatching and the tanks are full of the various trout species. Tours can be arranged by calling 306-332-3200. For a Fact Sheet, click here.

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