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,
Department of Natural Resources file received from the
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