Walleye tagged with cash rewards in Saginaw Bay

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Michigan anglers could win thousands of dollars fishing in the Saginaw Bay as part of the state Natural Resources Department’s annual drive.

The department recently tagged and released 3,000 walleye in the bay’s tributary rivers to incentivize anglers to help monitor the species’ movements, survival and harvest rates. About 20 percent of the tags contain a $100 reward when reported.

The cash rewards began several years ago, but the department has tagged more than 100,000 walleye since 1981, according to Dave Fielder, the agency’s fisheries research biologist. The department pays out $3,000 to $5,000 on the tagging operation each year, he said.