October open houses at egg collection facilities fun for the whole family
Contact(s): Nicole Boyea (920-388-1025 for Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in KewauneeJeff Zinuticz (414) 750-8382 for Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine
MADISON - The public can get a close up look at how Wisconsin fisheries crews give nature a helping hand to keep fishing great on Lake Michigan when state egg collecting facilities in Kewaunee and Racine hold open houses in October.
See Lake Michigan trout and salmon up close during the Besadny and Root River hatchery open houses.
Photo Credit: DNR
The events give fish enthusiasts of all ages a chance to see Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crews collecting eggs from fish to produce the next generation of fish to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond." The open houses also offer fun, hands-on learning for fishing skills like fly tying, knot tying and casting, all in beautiful settings along two major tributaries to Lake Michigan.
- On Saturday, Oct. 7, enjoy the Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at N3884 Ransom Moore Lane in Kewaunee. Watch salmon egg collection demonstrations, fish print a t-shirt, enjoy fishing displays and activities and guided facility tours. Also enjoy wagon rides provided by the Algoma Kewaunee Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. Food and beverages will be for sale and there's an opportunity to adopt a sturgeon for river release.
At the Root River Steelhead Facility people can watch fish move through the weir.
Photo Credit: DNR
- On Saturday, Oct. 14, enjoy the ninth annual Salmon Spectacular from 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the DNR Root River Steelhead Facility in Lincoln Park in Racine, 2200 Domanik Dr. The open house will include guided tours, hands on demonstrations of fish spawning, fish and fishing information stations, interactive fishing rod casting lessons, knot tying, fly tying, and an on site fishing boat used on Lake Michigan for trout and salmon fishing. DNR staff and volunteers from Salmon Unlimited and Trout Unlimited strongly encourage people of all ages to take part in a great day at a great place along the beautiful Root River.
More information is available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching "fish open houses."
Last Revised: Tuesday, September 26, 2017