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Spring Distribution Commences
Midwest Region, April 25, 2016
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Fish are "shore stocked" at the United States Coast Guard Station in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for Clay Banks. - Photo Credit: USFWS
The first trip to the M/R Spencer F. Baird is loaded up on the trucks and ready to hit the road.
The first trip to the M/R Spencer F. Baird is loaded up on the trucks and ready to hit the road. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Offloading the fish to the vessel after a long trip from Iron River National Fish Hatchery to Cheboygan, MI.
Offloading the fish to the vessel after a long trip from Iron River National Fish Hatchery to Cheboygan, MI. - Photo Credit: USFWS
The M/V Spencer F. Baird heads out to stock fish destined for reefs in northern Lake Huron.
The M/V Spencer F. Baird heads out to stock fish destined for reefs in northern Lake Huron. - Photo Credit: USFWS

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/R 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 NFWCOs, and Fish Health to stock approximately 4.4 million lake trout. Stay tuned for the final results on spring distribution.


Contact Info: Carey Edwards, 715-372-8510, Carey_Edwards@fws.gov
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