The DNR has released 10-million walleye fry into Lake Mille Lacs as part of a major research project.
The mosquito-sized baby walleye have been given a special marker so fish biologists may be able to count them and tell them apart from wild walleye. The comparison will provide an estimate of wild fry hatched in the lake this spring.
Officials say the walleye fry release is being done to help build the lake’s walleye population and ensure the long-term health of the lake.
Last year, the walleye fishing season was cut short on Mille Lacs.