BY BRANDON KEESLER, IRON RIVER NFH
This spring, the Iron River National Fish Hatchery (NFH) stocked 332 retired broodstock lake trout into Green Lake near Red Lake, Minnesota. The stocking was a cooperative effort with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians wanted these fish for sport and to control the large forage population in Green Lake. The fish ranged in size of 2.5 to 7 pounds each. The Red Lake Reservation is located on 840,000 acres in northern Minnesota and is part of the 1889 Treaty.
The Iron River NFH uses brood lake trout to supply our eggs every year. The hatchery produces 1.3 million lake trout annually that go to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. As mature lake trout grow they produce more eggs. With this increase in egg production we don’t need as many adults and can release some into the wild. We work with Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, along with different tribal contacts to find good homes for these fish.
BY CAREY EDWARDS, IRON RIVER NFH
The Lion’s Club Blueberry Festival, marking its 51th anniversary, is an annual event that both local residents and out of town visitors eagerly await every year. Events range from a flea market, live music, and carnival to a wide variety of good eats. The finishing touch to the two day celebration is the Blueberry Festival Parade. The mile long route is typically packed with spectators young and old; awaiting their chance to view a friend or loved one in the parade or scoop up any treats tossed their way. This year’s 2015 parade found hatchery manager Nick Starzl from the Iron River National Fish Hatchery (NFH) driving the 3,000 gallon tanker truck used to assist in a portion of the distribution of over 4.4 million lake trout in the Upper Great lakes this past spring. This was a great opportunity to increase public awareness and promote the Hatchery’s Open House on September 26, 2015. One thing is for sure…Everyone loves a parade!
BY AARON VON ESCHEN, GENOA NFH
“Thanks to our instructors and to the hatchery for the outstanding fly fishing class! That was a great day! And, it was exactly what I need to get started back into a hobby that I left 50 some years ago. I’m pretty excited!” friends group member Lloyd Lorenz stated following the fly fishing clinic that was held in concordance with the 12th annual kids fishing day on May 9th. Members of the Friends of the Upper Mississippi (FUMS) participated in the event and were taught by instructors and fly fishing aficionados from within the group. The clinic taught fly tying, which flies were best to use in different situations and locations, how to properly land fish with fly fishing equipment, and most importantly how to properly cast a fly fishing rod. Each member was given a tutorial and overview and allowed to practice their newly found knowledge on the Genoa National Fish Hatchery’s trout pond. Rainbow trout were available for catch and release and each member had success and caught and released multiple fish. The staff at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is thrilled to be a part of such events and take pride in assisting people continue their passion for the outdoors and reestablish their kinship for the sport of fishing and the outdoors!