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Pond Draining at Genoa Floods Midwest with Fishing Opportunity
Midwest Region, October 30, 2009
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The crew of the Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) with the assistance of several volunteers from local schools wrapped up the 2009 pond production season with a great fall harvest! 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 ongoing 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 for the biological control of non-native carp. Overall, 26,532 fall fingerling walleye, 70,648 yellow perch, 131,000 black crappie, 1,118 channel catfish, 4,179,450 fathead minnows, 33,538 largemouth bass, and 10,835 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 some were retained on station until next spring in order to be used as host fish for the endangered Higgins Eye pearlymussel program. A grand total of 10,821 lbs were harvested from the hatchery ponds this fall, contributing to fisheries conservation throughout the Region.


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



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