November 20, 2019 | 2 minute read
Crisp autumn weather is the perfect setting for a day spent learning about Environmental Education in the great outdoors. For 229 fourth graders from Russell County Elementary schools enjoyed the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. on October 25. Students arrived by bus in the early morning hours, departing the bus at the visitor center and traveling by foot to nine different stations located on hatchery grounds. Learn more...
November 20, 2019 | 1 minute read
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH hosted the 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior fishing derby on Sept. 24, 2019. Over 190 seniors, age 62 and over enjoyed the fun-filled day. Big fish! Equal even Bigger smiles! Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS. Participants enjoyed a lunch of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and desserts. Each participant took home a door prize, provided by local sponsors, that included camp lights, camp chairs, camp coffee pots, flashlights, fishing gear, and many other items. Learn more...
November 7, 2019 | 2 minute read
On Sept. 11, 2019, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and its Friends Group hosted the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Fishing Event. Typically, five or six fishing guides volunteer their services to take 25 wounded veterans out for a morning of striped bass fishing on Lake Cumberland. Seven guides volunteered this year, allowing the staff to offer an additional five spots on the voyage. With the warm lake temperatures, low oxygen this time of year, and lack of rain, even the stripers were showing signs of stress and weren’t biting often. Learn more...
November 5, 2019 | 3 minute read
To the untrained eye, freshwater mussels are often overlooked or mistaken for rocks or other debris in stream beds and riverways. North America, particularly the Eastern United States, maintains the highest diversity of these animals. Freshwater mussels play a vital role in aquatic ecosystems as bioindicators and as natural in-stream filters, yet they rarely get the recognition they deserve. Learn more...
August 30, 2019 | 1 minute read
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery maintained a booth at the 116th Annual Kentucky State Fair. The booth displayed rainbow, brown and brook trout, event flyers, hatchery literature, and educational booklets. More than 600,000 people attended the 10-day fair and had access to the hatchery booth. Learn more...
August 22, 2019 | 1 minute read
This spring, 67 Barrens topminnows were released into Short Springs located near Tullahoma, Tennessee. These Barrens topminnows were spawned at Conservation Fisheries Inc. (CFI). The Tennessee Aquarium and CFI provide Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery with the topminnows when they reach about 10-12 millimeters in length for grow-out. Cultured fish are released at about 25 millimeters, and Wolf Creek typically makes one or two releases during the year. The program is coordinated with the Cookeville, Tennessee, Ecological Services Field Office. Learn more...