Hatchery Festival Slated
Written by South Bend Tribune   
Sunday, 10 July 2005 15:13
Michigan's Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery at Mattawan will conduct its sixth annual Fish Festival July 16-17.

Admission is free. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, features tours of the hatchery, catch-and-release fishing (for kids 5-16 only), guided nature hikes, live music, food and refreshments, and more.

In addition to the tours and catch-and-release fishing for kids, there will be free lessons on baiting hooks, tying knots, fly casting and fly tying.

"The festival is a fun and educational way for families to enjoy the out-of-doors and learn about the role of hatcheries in providing fishing opportunities," said Wolf Lake interpreter Shana McMillan. "Most people don't know the DNR's six fish hatcheries produce over 750,000 pounds of fish every year for stocking our lakes, rivers and streams. That's over 62 million fish."

During the hatchery tour, which begins every 20 minutes, visitors will learn how the DNR uses its fish production program to hatch, rear and transport fish required for the management of both Great Lakes and inland fisheries. Species produced at this facility include walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, steelhead trout, lake sturgeon (the only facility to rear this species) and chinook salmon.

The center is located in Mattawan, at Fish Hatchery Road and M-43, six miles west of the junction of M-43 and US-131. For more information about events and programs, contact Shana McMillan at (269) 668-2876.

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