El Dorado Lake stocked with thousands of Walleye

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. The Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism Tuesday dumped thousands of Walleye into El Dorado Lake.

Stocking the lake with the popular fish is part of the department's effort to provide anglers with better recreational fishing.

Craig Johnson with the KDWPT says this is the second year for the program that saw the thousands of Walleye find their new habitat in El Dorado Lake.

"And there are plans to improve each year to increase productivity for this program so hopefully we can stock more bigger walleye across the state," Johnson says.

As part of the program, the fish, hatched this spring, grew at the Milford Hatchery for about six months before Tuesday's move to El Dorado Lake. In all, biologists released more than 5,000 fish into the lake Tuesday and say they plan to do the same at reservoirs across Kansas.

The KDWPT says the state record walleye weighed 13 pounds, three ounces. The world-record walleye weighed 22 pounds, 11 ounces.