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DNR Hosts Fish Hatchery Open Houses In Kewaunee and Racine for Chance to See Salmon and Trout Up Close

Contact(s): Jason Meacham, Fisheries Technician, Root River Steelhead Facility, 414-750-8382,
Mike Baumgartner, Fisheries Technician, Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility, 920-388-1025,
September 27, 2019 at 3:38:16 pm

The Root River open house will include guided tours, hands-on demonstrations of fish spawning, fish and fishing information stations. - Photo credit: DNR
The Root River open house will include guided tours, hands-on demonstrations of fish spawning, fish and fishing information stations.Photo credit: DNR

MADISON, Wis. - See where Lake Michigan trout and salmon get their start and enjoy a variety of family-friendly fishing-related activities when state fish egg collecting facilities in Kewaunee and Racine hold open houses this October.

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 Lake Michigan trout and salmon to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond."

The Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility open house is on Oct. 5, and the Root River Steelhead Facility open house is on Oct. 12. 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. At both facilities, after DNR staff spawn the fish, they are returned to the rivers, providing good fishing opportunities for shore anglers.

"Come watch with us, have some fun, and get out there fishing," said Brad Eggold, Great Lakes Fisheries District Supervisor.

More information on the fish open houses is available on the DNR website.

Last Revised: Friday, September 27, 2019

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