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Fish-stocking finishes up

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Fish-stocking has wrapped up in waters from the Manitoba border to Manitouwadge, and from Lake Superior to Red Lake.

 The Ministry of Natural Resources stocks fish each year to protect natural fish populations, as well as support year-round fishing opportunities for residents and visitors.

 The ministry stocks about 50 lakes within the Thunder Bay District each spring.

 Fish-stocking began May 14 and was scheduled to be completed by June 1.

 This year, Thunder Bay District lakes were stocked with:

 •135,000 brook trout;

 •20,000 splake (a hybrid between lake and brook trout); and

 •2,000 rainbow trout.

 The fish being stocked come from the modernized and expanded Dorion Fish Culture Station, which re-opened back in October.

 The MNR stocks about seven million fish each year across the province, with about 600,000 of those coming from Dorion.

 Fish are transported to the lakes by truck or helicopter.

 The ministry surveys stocked lakes regularly to ensure the fish are growing and providing angling opportunities.

 Stocked lakes help to reduce angling pressure on natural fisheries–lakes that reproduce on their own–so natural fish populations aren’t over-exploited.

 Stocked fish either are fry (a few months old) or yearling (18 months old).

 This year, fry-stocked lakes received 2,000-10,000 fish per lake while yearling-stocked lakes received 250-5,000 fish.

 Since 2008, some stocked lakes in Thunder Bay District have been open for fishing all year round.

 There are no size restrictions on catches, but anglers still need to adhere to the catch limits prescribed in 2008-2009 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.

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