While Jars 1-4 have shown the eye up stage for a few days they are now showing signs of hatching as of the weekend of April 25th just as forecasted on the “help list calendar”.
Some of the fry have had “helmet head” as knick-named by the WDNR fisheries for fry that are reaching the proper temperature units for hatching but slowed by cold weather changes, they tend to be sort of “stalling” the process. Some of the fry get the egg shell stuck on their heads which can lead to their death. At a regular hatchery the WDNR may increase the water temperatures slightly to promote the hatch but at our portable hatchery we can’t add warm water then expect them to transition to the cold lake. Fortunately this weeks weather forecast is very favorable and mother nature will help the process naturally. We expect our jars to start popping like popcorn, perfect timing to get the eggs through the hatching process.
If you want to witness this outstanding process, stop in at the Walleye wagon before May 1st or you will miss all the hatching.
If you want to see the release process it will be 3 days after the hatching so by May 3-5th we expect to be done. If you don’t know where we are located at W279 N2865 Rocky Point Road or call Tom at 414-333-9603 for directions.
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