BY CAREY EDWARDS, IRON RIVER NFH
Iron River National Fish Hatchery raises approximately 1.2 million lake trout for restoration purposes in the upper Great Lakes. 90,000 are shore stocked as spring yearlings and entails discharging fish from the distribution truck into marinas or river mouths and occurs as soon as the weather and ice conditions permit. This year’s spring shore stocking sites were Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay and Bender Park. April 12th Iron River’s marked the beginning of distribution for fish being stocked off the M/V Spencer F. Baird. These fish are offloaded onto the vessel and stocked onto reefs in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. This is a massive cooperative effort which lasts over two months, between three National Fish Hatcheries, two Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, and Fish Health to stock approximately 4.4 million lake trout. Stay tuned for the final results on spring distribution.