MASON COUNTY
WALLEYE ASSOCIATION
PO BOX 118 • LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN 49431
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For the fish

Wayne Finholm does it for the fish.

Finholm, one of the directors of the Mason County Walleye Association, devotes a large part of his year to maintaining the walleye pond.

Last year, the group made some innovations to the process it uses to prepare the pond. After it was drained in midsummer in 2011, it was re-planted with rye, which decays once the pond is refilled the following year, providing food for the walleye food. Finholm and MCWA President Carter Koles collected daphnia or water fleas from the Ludington Water Treatment Plant and put them in a small food pond on the MCWA property last fall. Then they opened a valve and let the food pond trickle into the dry pond bed of the other pond.

The results? The fourth best harvest in walleye pond history, around 225,000 fish and all of them very big and very healthy.

Finholm is a fisherman but, like most members of the MCWA, isn’t a big walleye fisherman.

But he doesn’t mind trying to give other fishermen a helping hand.

— Brian Mulherin, LDN, June 16, 2012.

 

 

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