WALLEYE HATCHERY

     

The Port Colborne & District Conservation Club operates its own walleye hatchery and rearing pond to raise fish for release into water bodies selected by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.  Since the late 1990's, the Port Colborne & District Conservation Club has been working in partnership with the Fort Erie Conservation Club and the Dunnville Hunters & Anglers Conservation Club to release walleye into the Welland River.

The results of the Welland River Walleye Restoration Program have been nothing short of amazing!  MNR sampling has verified that river's fish populations are now better balanced with the return of top predator species such as walleye, pike, bass and muskie.  Natural reproduction of walleye is occuring, a full range of walleye year classes are present in the river and the walleye population is on its way to becoming self-sustaining. 

The Club, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is involved in ongoing monitoring and study of walleye in the Welland River, as well as habitat improvement such as the creation of spawning shoals.

As many anlgers already know, the fishing in the Welland River keeps getting better and better.  With the walleye restoration program still ongoing, we encourage anglers to enjoy the fishery and release most of the walleye caught.

If you would like to volunteer your time, make a donation or learn more about the Welland River Walleye Restoration Program, drop us a line at pcdcc@pcdcc.com.

 

Centre:  Our walleye hatchery and rearing pond.

Left & Right:  Welland River walleye

     

The Walleye (Sander vitreus vitreus) is a freshwater fish native to the Welland River, most of Canada and to the northern United States.  In Canada walleye are commonly known as pickeral and are sometimes called yellow pike, although the fish is related neither to pike nor to pickeral.  The name "walleye," comes from the fact that their eyes, like those of cats, reflect light. This is the result of a light-gathering layer in the eyes which allows the fish to see well

in low-light conditions. Their eyes also allow them to see well in turbid waters, such as those of the Welland River, which gives them an advantage over their prey.  Walleye grow to about 75 cm (30 in) in length and weigh up to about 7 kg (15 lb). The maximum recorded size for the fish is 107 cm (42 in) in length and 11.3 kg (25 lb) in weight.

 

The Welland River Walleye Restoration Program is made possible with the generouse support of: