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Walleye Gain Popularity

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir

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By S Casey

The East might be known for the walleye, a popular fresh water fish, but here in Idaho, its gaining popularity.
This past week, the Idaho Fish and Game, along with state sportsman's groups, surveyed walleye populations at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir, and found positive results.
Kurt Campbell, Idaho walleye unlimited, says “We get to, a lot of people who may not have a walleye for dinner, we're able to provide some of these folks with something they might have never been able to eat and they will enjoy it.”
The Fish and Game, along with Department of Environmental quality officials, were at the reservoir this past week, taking surveys of walleye to check the fisheries' population density.
volunteers from idaho walleye unlimited chapters in boise and twin falls are salvaging the fish, filleting them, and donating the fish to families.

Doug McGargle, regional fisheries manager, says “Been very, very helpful. They've come down and worked with us almost every day to help us work up these fish, and they have a keen interest in the results.”
This is the third year for the surveying, and so far, the numbers are looking good.
According to wildlife officials, the reservoir has a higher population density of walleye than many areas in the east and Midwest.
The groups plan on spending this week surveying the Oakley Reservoir.



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