“The $5 Walleye Stamp is not required to fish or keep walleye in Minnesota,” said MN-Fish Foundation executive director Mark Holsten. “However, buying one is one of the best ways to invest in better walleye fishing.”
Funds raised through the sale of the walleye stamp are used by the DNR to purchase young walleye from private fish farms for stocking in state waters.
Angler support for the Walleye Stamp is growing. In 2021, anglers purchased nearly 34,500, raising $172,390. That’s nearly double the number of Walleye Stamps sold in 2019 (18,000), which raised $90,000 that year.
“By buying a Walleye Stamp this season, state anglers help strengthen walleye numbers in lakes across the state…it’s like helping yourself catch a walleye,” said Steve Pennaz, MN-Fish Foundation board member. “Given the growing pressure on our fisheries, it’s more important than ever.”