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Before the fish bite the bait

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Genoa, WI (WXOW)- You don't need a boat to go fishing.

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery provides easy and convenient fishing opportunities.

The hatchery harvests fish year round.

Once the fish are over a year old, the rainbow trout are distributed to several lakes or ponds.

Throughout the winter fish grow in this pond at the Genoa fish hatchery.

"We use all of the well water in these commercial buildings that is warm enough. It's at 52 degrees Fahrenheit and it keeps the pond open and keeps the fish growing throughout the winter," said Doug Aloisi, Hatchery Manager.

The fish are harvested in about a dozen ponds at the hatchery.

The fish are roughly 15 months old.

Once the fish grow to almost a pound, a large commercial net is used to bring them to shore. 

Then, each net is weighed and moved to a raceway.

"A raceway is a concrete rearing unit. We let the fish settle down after we went and harvested them out of the pound and we'll take them off feed which will clean out their digestive system and help them carry better in our distribution trucks," added Aloisi.

Rainbow trout go to several lakes or ponds for recreational use.

Fish that were hatched last year are mixed in with this year's fish that way fisherman can catch fish that vary in size.

On Monday, the trout will be released at the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

The hatchery has already delivered fish to Fort McCoy Military base.

For more information on the Genoa National Fish Hatchery visit: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/genoa/

 

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