October 1, 2013
KEWAUNEE, Wis. - Lake Michigan trout and salmon are starting their spawning runs, and open houses in October at two state egg collection facilities along Lake Michigan let the public see these fish up close as well as watch state fish crews collect eggs from the fish to produce the next generation of fish to test anglers on the big pond.
The third egg collection facility, Strawberry Creek Weir outside Sturgeon Bay, does not have an open house per se but all three facilities are open to the public during times when DNR crews are processing fish. Egg-collecting began earlier this week at Strawberry Creek.
Egg collection at the three facilities is an important part of keeping the fishery strong on Lake Michigan and its tributaries. Lake Michigan trout and salmon do not reproduce in the wild in Wisconsin waters, so eggs collected at the facilities are hatched in Wisconsin hatcheries and stocked out in the spring.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Besadny Facility: Mike Baumgartner (920) 388-1025; Strawberry Creek, Nick Legler (920) 746-5112; Root River, John Komassa (608) 275-3315