New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Marty Frentzel, (505) 476-8013
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
Martin.frentzel@state.nm.us

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 14, 2011:

ANNUAL WALLEYE OPERATION ATTRACTS THIEVES, DISCOVERY CHANNEL

SANTA ROSA – Gathering walleye spawn is a rite of spring for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Crews gather millions of eggs at lakes across northeast New Mexico, creating the next generation of this popular sport fish.

This spring the annual fisheries management task conducted at several lakes received a lot of attention, both good and bad. An individual, or group of people, stole spawning walleye from Stubblefield Lake, damaging Department equipment in the process. An investigation is being conducted. If you have information about this crime call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-432-4263. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the heist.

On the positive side, this spring the annual walleye operation caught the attention of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” program. Mike Rowe showed up at Santa Rosa Lake to learn how to pick walleye out of gill nets, massage eggs and milt out of the fish, and prevent disease and decay in the hatchery. In all, Rowe helped collect 600,000 eggs for propagation. The program should be broadcast sometime in the fall.

So far this year, the walleye operation has gathered 8 million eggs. The operation continues through April 24.

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Tune in to New Mexico Game and Fish TV:
“New Mexico Wildlife”       6:30 a.m. Saturdays on KASA Channel 2, Albuquerque
                                          6:30 p.m. Sundays on KENW, Portales
                                          7:30 p.m. Thursdays on KRWG, Las Cruces

 

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