Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery
Supports Kid’s Fishing Pond
BY CRYSTAL LEGAULT-ANDERSON, PENDILLS CREEK-SULLIVAN CREEK NFH
Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery delivered 220 fat and spunky lake trout to the Kid’s Fishing Pond in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan this summer. Two hundred were three year old Seneca Lake Wild strain lake trout, which weighed one to two pounds each, and twenty were twenty five inch “lunkers,” which are 7 year old Huron Parry Sound Wild lake trout weighing eight pounds each. Most of these lake trout are currently waiting to be caught and rubbing fins in the pond with rainbow trout purchased and stocked into the pond each month, paid for by the Soo Sportmen’s Club and donors.
The Kid’s Fishing Pond in Rotary Park has been maintained and operated since 2004 by the Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Lake Superior State University, and a growing number of donors and volunteers.
The fish and the fishermen have more room in and around the pond thanks to a 125 foot expansion this year. The fish are contained in the lagoon at Rotary Park through the use of a “blocker net” stretched across the waterway and marked with lights to warn boaters. The Sault Ste. Marie Kids’ Fishing Pond will be open through September for kids 16 and under to fish.
The latest fishing report from the kid’s fishing pond includes a family that was shocked when their young angler landed an eight pounder on a snoopy fishing pole!