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Free family programs at Wolf Lake


The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, located just eight miles west of Kalamazoo, has some free programs in October for families and individuals of all ages. Bring a chair for birdwatching, take a fall color hike, go on an owl prowl, learn about duck migration, and bring the kids—or grandkids—for catch-and-release fishing.
Saturdays, Oct. 8 and 15, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. is Fall Fishing Days. Children ages 3 to 16 can practice catch-and-release fishing. All equipment is provided. Children are guaranteed to fish for 30 minutes. No registration required; fishing slots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 – 10 a.m. and again from 4 – 6 p.m., join the DNR for “The Big Sit.” Bring a chair and join us in recording as many bird species as we can spot. Bring binoculars, scopes and field guides if you have them.
Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m., learn about our feathered friends, the ducks and geese that stop at the hatchery’s ponds during migration. Then, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm., there will be a fall discovery hike to learn about Michigan trees, and at 7 p.m. an “Owl Prowl” to see owls that live on the hatchery grounds.
Hatchery tours are available each weekend in October and the first three weekends in November. Learn about a variety of fish species, their life cycles and habitats and how the Department of Natural Resources works to protect and conserve Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams to maintain a world class fishery. Tours last 30 minutes and are available Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on Sundays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
During October and the first three weekends in November, the Visitor Center’s fall hours are Tuesday – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge and all events and programs are free.
The Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is located in Mattawan at Hatchery Road and M-43, six miles west of US-131.
For detailed information on fall programs, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrvisitorcenters. Click on “Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center” and then “Wolf Lake Current Events Calendar,” or call the visitor center at 269-668-2876.

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DNR to raise Great Lakes muskies rather than northern muskies


The Department of Natural Resources plans to raise Great Lakes (spotted) muskellunge at its Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery this year, a change of direction from the northern muskies the department has raised in the past.

“This is a key turning point in our muskellunge production program,” said DNR Fish Production Manager Gary Whelan. “This strain of muskellunge is native to most of Michigan; the northern muskellunge is native to only a small portion of the far western Upper Peninsula in the Wisconsin River drainage.

“The spotted muskellunge will be more at home in more waters than northern muskies.”

The DNR has been studying the idea of raising spotted muskies for more than a decade, but did not want to bring the Great Lake strain into the hatchery system while raising northern muskies because of potential disease concerns.  DNR Fisheries Division personnel plan to take 1.5 million eggs from spotted muskies in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River this spring with a goal of producing 40,000 10- to 12-inch fall fingerlings.

In order to minimize the risk of spreading disease, the DNR will not take eggs from northern muskellunge this year, but will evaluate the need to produce northern strain muskies in the future.  Ideally, the department will address the disease concerns and be able to raise both strains in the future, Whelan said.

To learn more about fishing in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.

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