Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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Illinois makes fishy Iowa bailout, sends in trout

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[July 15, 2008]  TOPEKA -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has joined the effort to assist fisheries personnel in neighboring Iowa in recovering from damage to that state's fish hatcheries caused by record-setting flooding in June.

The Illinois DNR Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery has provided 7,000 7-inch trout to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to help replace trout lost when flooding damaged two Iowa hatcheries where trout were being raised.

"We are pleased to help our colleagues in Iowa -- and the anglers who will ultimately benefit," said Steve Krueger, manager of the Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, located in Topeka in Mason County.

Staff from the Iowa DNR picked up the fish last week. The 7-inch Illinois trout being raised at the Topeka hatchery were extra trout that were part of those that will be stocked this fall as 10-inch fish in Devil's Kitchen Lake in southern Illinois.

Iowa DNR staff reported that flooding damaged two of that state's hatcheries where tens of thousands of trout are produced for stocking. In addition to the donation of 7,000 trout from Illinois, Iowa officials report they are receiving assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and fisheries personnel in other neighboring states following the flood damage.

The Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery is the largest of the three fish hatcheries operated by the Illinois DNR. It produces millions of fish in 16 different species each year. For more information on the hatchery or to make reservations for a tour of the facility, phone 309-968-7531.

[Text from Illinois Department of Natural Resources file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]




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