Cochenour Cubs learn about walleye spawn

The 1st Cochenour Cubs learned all about the importance of the walleye spawn from Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Red Lake District.
The Cubs went on an outing to Coin Creek to observe the walleye spawn on May 3.
COs Reg Plett and Don Maw gave the Cubs a biology lesson on how the walleye spawn—impressing upon them the importance of people staying out of creeks because this activity could destroy the walleye eggs which are deposited in the cobble, gravel, and rocks on the creek bottom.
The officers also warned the boys about not handling or netting walleye at this time as it not only disrupts the spawn, but could remove the protective slime of the fish.
“The officers provided important information about protecting our resources to the youngsters, who will be the resource users in the future,” said Dave Anderson, Red Lake District Enforcement Supervisor for the MNR.
The Cubs took and recorded the temperature of the creek after learning that walleye spawn when the temperature is between seven and 11 degrees C.
As well, they recorded their observations on the number of both male and female fish and the amount of spawning activity taking place.
The Cubs learned that no fishing is allowed during the spawn to protect them during a vulnerable period.
It takes about two weeks for the fry to hatch from the eggs and slowly make their way to the lake. In two-three years, the Cubs will be catching these fish for a shore lunch.
“We are so grateful to the conservation officers for encouraging these youngsters to become good stewards of the environment,” said Darlene Plett, one of the leaders of the troop.
“They also provided us with valuable sessions this past year on outdoor survival and orienteering,” she added.
“Sessions with the officers have provided the Cubs with an important focus of the Cub program—outdoor activity and preserving the environment.”