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Governor Scott Walker Attends Groundbreaking at Gollon Bait and Fish Farm

Wisconsin Walleye Initiative: Governor Scott Walker Attends

Groundbreaking at Gollon Bait and Fish Farm

Expansion to increase production of walleye fingerlings for stocking Wisconsin lakes

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Press Release

Dodgeville – Governor Scott Walker attended the expansion groundbreaking at Gollon Bait and Fish Farm today. The farm is beginning construction of an additional eight ponds, situated on 12 acres of land, to increase walleye production, as part of Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Walleye Initiative. “I’m happy to celebrate the next step in our bold plan to significantly increase the walleye population in Wisconsin lakes,” Governor Walker said. “This is a great day for everyone who drops a line in Wisconsin waters, hoping to reel in a walleye, as well as all of the businesses and organizations that depend on our fishing tradition. Producing and stocking more lakes, with more fingerling walleye, will boost Wisconsin’s growing tourism industry, and fuel the economy as well.” Gollon Bait and Fish Farm is one of nine private and tribal farms awarded grants to produce walleye fingerlings under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative. Owner David Gollon, Sr. estimates the expansion will be complete in time to grow fingerlings that will be available for stocking this fall. Gollon founded Gollon Bait and Fish Farm in the early 1980’s and works the farm with his three sons and his grandsons, along with a dedicated crew of employees. Governor Walker announced the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative in May 2013. As a result, DNR fisheries increased production of walleye fingerlings from 40,000 to 400,000 last year, and are expected to produce nearly 700,000 per year by 2016. The initiative provides the following: $8.2 million to the Department of Natural Resources for infrastructure improvements and $1.3 million each year for operating costs to expand production at state fish hatcheries; $2 million grant program for municipal, tribal, and private aquaculture facilities to improve infrastructure and enhance ability to stock additional large fingerling walleye in Wisconsin’s waters; $500,000 in fiscal year 2014-15 to purchase large fingerling walleye from private fish farms; and $250,000 to expand the Summer Tribal Youth Program.

 

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