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May 6, 1943

Anglers should cooperate with Conservation Department

Anglers of Lake County are being called upon by the Department of Commerce to lend all assistance possible during the duration of the present fishing season to determine the results of stream improvement in Lake County.

During the first two days of the season, during which the streams were in not too good a condition for successful catches, Robert Sharp, aquatic biologist of the Bureau of Research, and Tom Evans, of the stream improvement department of fish propagation, have been taking a creel census of the Big Knife River within the part that was improved last year.

Last fall, a thousand trout that had been tagged — each tag being numbered — were placed in this area of the Big Knife River, and during the first two days of the census, 15 tagged fish were recovered. Another thousand were planted this spring.

From this creel census, the relative success of stream improvements can be determined as well as the movement of migration of the fish. The results will be of value also in the policy for future planting of all streams in this area.

The installation of dams, deflectors and shelters as were built last year will be continued on all streams if the results of this creel test warrant it, and it is of the utmost importance to sportsmen here that this census is a success.

May 2, 1968

Plans progress on planting salmon

Coho salmon will be planted in Lake Superior when a proposal by Gov. Harold LeVander’s office reaches final enactment.

The project, which would be funded by the Federal Bureau of Fishers, the State of Minnesota and the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission, would involve the planting of Oregon Coho fingerlings in the French River on the North Shore of Lake Superior and the construction of water holding facilities and fish ladders within the river adjacent to an existing fish hatchery.

It is anticipated that the project will stimulate sport fishing in Lake Superior and in general aid the economic development of the area. This fits in with the governor’s long range plans for small boat harbors at designated spots along the shores of the lake.

The Coho salmon project calls for construction of a reservoir on the headwaters of the French River to provide water to attract spawners to the fish hatchery area as well as to augment the flow of water in the river during the migration of the spawning salmon.

It also entails the construction of a stripping station to strip the fish eggs and fertilize them artificially, hatch and distribute them. Building of fish ladders in the river would make it possible for the Coho salmon to get over adam into spawning areas.

The Coho salmon, which would be planted in the French River, would be held in the river for a limited period of time, then released into Lake Superior to live and grow through their three-year cycle.

During their third year, they would return to the French River, where they could be reclaimed by the Conservation Department and stripped of their eggs to start a Minnesota hatchery program for the continued planting of Coho salmon in Lake Superior and several Minnesota inland lakes.