Emily Funnell of the MNR reports that the first 295 fingerlings from our 2012 program were stocked into Morning Glory Swamp on Lake Simcoe on Saturday morning, October 13th. Everything went extremely smoothly despite strong winds. It was very noticeable that the fingerlings were feisty and full of energy, and very quickly darted into the weeds after being released. We hope that the next few weeks bring us similar smooth stocking events and the weather cooperates so that the key sites can be accessed and the stocking completed in October.
There will be a " VOLUNTEER STOCKING DAY " on Sunday, October 21st. This is a great opportunity for Muskies Canada members to actively participate in the stocking process. Those that participated last year had a very memorable experience. The plan is to meet at the Talbot River about 11 am (times and locations will be confirmed during the week). This site is easily accessible by wading unless there are strong winds.
It is also hoped that Fleming College students will be able to participate in a boat stocking event, utilizing their boats and equipment, to illustrate that students have the skill and training to support this program. This restoration program could then become more integrated into the College`s Fish and Wildlife curriculum.
This year the hatchery operated at capacity, raising about 2,000 healthy fingerlings. The MNR also successfully raised 700 to 1,000 healthy fingerlings at its Blue Jay Creek hatchery on Manitoulin Island. There are thus a total of 2,700 to 3,000 fingerlings available for stocking into Lake Simcoe this fall. Huge thanks are due to the MNR for helping the project in this way. If this year`s stocking is completed successfully, it will increase the number of stocked fish in the lake by about 50%.