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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

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Lake Michigan stocking plan includes new ‘herd’ of cohos from Illinois

The left fin of the cohos were removed at Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery in Topeka, Ill. This fin will not grow back, allowing both anglers and biologists to identify these stocked fish when caught in Lake Michigan. (DNR photo)

It’s a little like herding cattle, the annual roundup at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery in Mason County: Illinois DNR staff ease their way down holding pens, using panels to crowd the “herd” toward transport trucks for weighing and loading.
That’s a poor analogy, sure, but it may be the best way to describe what takes place at the hatchery before fish are relocated to lakes around the state. If you’ve ever hooked a salmon in Lake Michigan, odds are you can credit the “cowboys” – hatchery staff, that is – at Jake Wolf.

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