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Record Fall Fingerling Harvest at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Midwest Region, October 15, 2007
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A grand total of 8,292 lbs were harvested from the hatchery ponds in the fall of 2007, making it one of the most productive pond production seasons ever at the Genoa NFH. 
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A grand total of 8,292 lbs were harvested from the hatchery ponds in the fall of 2007, making it one of the most productive pond production seasons ever at the Genoa NFH.

- FWS photo

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The crew of the Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) wrapped up the 2007 pond production season with great success! Walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill are the main species cultured and harvested from the ponds at the hatchery.

All of these fish are annually produced in order to fulfill fisheries requests throughout the region, as well as serve as vital host fish for native mussel restoration. Fall fingerlings, which range in size from 3”-6” depending on species, are often in high demand by fish management biologists due to their increased survivability in the wild.

Other management objectives include enhancing recreational fishing opportunities, research, tribal trust programs, and more recently, for the biological control of non-native carp. Overall, 61,841 walleye, 43,698 yellow perch, 8,136 black crappie, 2,024 channel catfish, 49,207 largemouth bass, and 16,000 smallmouth bass were harvested this fall.

The majority of the fish were distributed to state, tribal, and National Wildlife Refuge waters in the Midwest Region, while the remaining 10,000 largemouth bass and 4,000 smallmouth bass remain on station until next spring in order to be used as host fish for the endangered Higgins Eye pearlymussel program.

A grand total of 8,292 lbs were harvested from the hatchery ponds, making it one of  the most productive pond production seasons ever at the Genoa NFH.


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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