President Ian Young summarized the 2012 results in his latest report to the MCI membership:
"Everything went extremely well and we stocked a record 2,400 eight to ten inch fingerlings from the hatchery at Sir
Sandford Fleming College and over 1,000 healthy fingerlings from the MNR`s Blue Jay Creek hatchery at Manitoulin. The
big new item this year was the MNR raising muskie fingerlings at one of its hatcheries to increase the number of
fingerlings stocked. This is HUGE as we were able to increase the number of muskie fingerlings put into Lake Simcoe by over 50%, from just under 6,000 to over 9,000 today. Heartfelt thanks from Muskies Canada to the Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources for this very significant addition to our stocking efforts and to the great team that made it happen -- Mark Newell who runs the Fleming hatchery, which had a
record number of fingerlings and provided invaluable advice and support to the BJC hatchery in its first year raising wild muskies, and the MNR biologists and staff (Emily Funnell,
Brent Shirley, Paul Methner and Pam at the BJC hatchery,and colleagues)."
This success not only bodes well for the project but sets the stage for another year of stocking in 2013 and the next step in the project which includes plans to begin to determine how well the stocking has worked so far. Based on anecdotal evidence, this first ever attempt to restore a self sustaining population of muskellunge looks promising - stay tuned for your chance to participate in 2013!"