Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery has produced lake trout for stocking into the Great Lakes since 1951. Lake trout restoration is coordinated by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (est. 1955) with key support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal, provincial, state, and tribal natural resource agencies.
How We Help
Pendills Creek NFH produces up to 1 million lake trout yearlings for spring stocking into
Lake Michigan and Lake Huron each year.
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
A major and critical role of the National Fish Hatchery system in the Great Lakes is to manage and maintain lake trout brood fish as a source of eggs; produce and rear yearlings; and transfer lake trout to offshore sites for stocking into the Great Lakes.