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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gulf Coast Strain Walleye stocked into the Buttahatchie River in Monroe County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 54,000 Gulf Coast strain (GCS) walleye into the Buttahatchie River near Gattman.  GCS walleye are native to rivers and streams in the Mobile River Basin, including the Buttahatchie and Tombigbee Rivers and their tributaries in Mississippi.  Habitat enhancement projects have been completed on these rivers to help improve critical walleye habitat.  

"Walleye were once plentiful; however, due to a loss of spawning habitat, the species has been in decline," says Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist.  According to Stubbs, the goal of the stocking is to help increase the population.  The fish were reared at MDWFP's North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, located near Enid.  MDWFP's hatcheries produce fish for stocking in public waters throughout Mississippi.

For more information regarding fish or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2212. 

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