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Before I start on this blog, I want to take time to thank all of you for your sound advice..........My honey figured out when he called his youngest son that there was a good chance I had gotten him a golf cart too............so after some time of me being upset I decided to take your advice and told him today that even tho my present was a duplicate to the one his son gave him...........I was going to give it to him anyway.........he could put it in the closet and keep it until the other one wears out, he could give it away, he could sell it for all I cared..........he was just not to tell me and I would just pretend its the one he is using every week..........he told me that he would use the one I gave him every week and put his sons away in case he ever needed it....... Good man.......probably is going to tell his son the same thing........... Ok now for my blog...........

In the spring in this area we have what is called Hatchery season. This is down at Cut Foot Sioux an area separating two of the lakes. What is done here is that Walleye (fish) are netted...........separated in nets as in female and male........and then are stripped for their eggs or sperm............than put back into the lake. The eggs are than fertilized with the sperm....put in glass jars with Oxygen and with the temperature regulated they are left there until they hatch out. They baby fish or fry are then allowed to grow for a short time and than put back into the area lakes to populate the walleye count.

For some people this would not be of much interest but for the people of this area when the word goes around the ice is out and the nets are in, people flock to the nets to see all of the fish. OK so its cheap entertainment in rural Northern MN. For me, its more than just something to do, for me this is family history. Hatchery for my family goes back 3 generations of workers including my dad and great uncle to name a few. For a matter of fact, 17 people from my family have worked for the State of Minnesota at the hatchery. No other family in the area have had more than 3 relatives work there.

As a child during hatchery season I went to work with my dad on Friday morning, stayed their with my Uncle through the evening, and slept in the lodge at night while my cousin oversaw the jars of eggs. I spent many hours sitting in the kitchen of the hatchery while Stan cooked the crews breakfast, lunch and dinner..........and when the men went to the nets I usually went along and watched them. My mother said that she didn't even have a daughter during the spring time and some of the fondest memories I have of my dad is at that place.

Last night my sister called to tell me the nets were in. I knew that I wanted to go up there and revisit a place that held those memories so my daughter, granddaughter and I went up there this evening. I wasn't a bit disappointed in being there and almost felt my father's presence. Sometimes its good to revisit what once was...............

If your interested in seeing some pics.........I have posted them here............. That little moppet in the mismatched outfit.........(pink shirt and red pants) is my granddaughter......she does love the fish but I was sure scared she would decide to jump into the river...........LOL

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter............

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RJ53

Apr 5 @ 10:31PM  
Loved the pictures. My two oldest grandkids live in Minnesota and would not want to live anywhere else.
onehornytoad69

Apr 5 @ 10:59PM  
OK.... I'm gonna try this One more time!!! (hit the wrong button...I guess!! )
Where I come from we "Shock" the fish up...and nettem! Stripped Bass mainly The End!!! Enough Said!!!
Wordsofwit

Apr 5 @ 11:04PM  
Interesting.
LilGriz

Apr 6 @ 5:42AM  
Yet, we take our fishies seriously up here in da nort. Looks like fun
whisperingcomet

Apr 6 @ 6:39AM  
ok...just confessing my ingrorance...why cant the fish do this by their little fishy selfs?
onehornytoad69

Apr 6 @ 7:59AM  
ok...just confessing my ingrorance...why cant the fish do this by their little fishy selfs?
Here where I am...conditions have to be perfect for the "Striped Bass" spawn to work out...the water has to be a certain temp.....and the eggs have to" tumble" for a certain amount of time, if that don't happen...they wont hatch out!!!!...
RevDocLove

Apr 6 @ 9:27AM  
One spring when I lived in Staples, Mn. some friends and I
were driving between a couple of lakes near Brainerd when the walleye were
migrating from the lower lake to the upper through the spillway
under the road..
Four of us jumped out of the car with long
handled dip nets and scooped up several fish each while
dozens of people who were watching wondered what was happening.. We had one helluva fish fry next day
Sunshine79

Apr 6 @ 9:27AM  
I've never heard of such a thing. I think it's something I'd go to and enjoy as well!
theSkwirl

Apr 6 @ 11:37AM  
heh reminds me of my days 'milking' chinook. that stuff smells like fish.. just in case you were wondering.
Ewe_Wish

Apr 6 @ 11:39AM  
ok...just confessing my ingrorance...why cant the fish do this by their little fishy selfs?
Not ignorant at all, Comet, if I wasn't raised here I would be wondering too........Minnesota is probably the most fished lakes there are........this is a tourist state and to be honest other than a few (under 10) large businesses.......the Northern half of Minnesota would be a barren wasteland without the tourists.........so we need to keep our lakes with fish.. Walleye in particular........than there is the case we do have what we call dead Lakes...........they are lakes that streams, rivers, springs ect...........do not go into or come out of ..........the only way they can keep fish in them is to stock them with fry......every so many years........they net everything out of there........(usually because all that is left is what some people call the rubbish fish........such as perch and they start over. It would be nice to keep those lakes pure.........but fish feed on fish for the most part........plus the minnows used for fishing.........are often left in these lakes.......by either the minnow coming off the hook or the fisherman dumping their minnow buckets in it............

To top it off, Minnesota allows the Native Americans to net fish. So where 3 fisherman in a boat can catch a limit of 3 walleye each and they have to be within a certain size range........a net could pull in a hundred or more............with no size limitation..........

So when your livelihood depends on there being great fishing lakes..........they take the reseeding of these lakes with fish seriously............and I have to say there is nothing like sitting on a bank by a river........in the evening.........water rippling....fish splashing out in the river..........just enjoying natures beauty and song..........and its nice to catch the fish too............

Btw comet........the fish also procreate on their own too........the State of MN just plays God to help them along............
sugarnspice005

Apr 6 @ 8:04PM  
Minnesota is probably the most fished lakes there are

Isn't Minnesota known as "The Land Of 10,000 Lakes"? Yeah, Michigan may be surrounded by 4 out of 5 of the Great Lakes, and we do have a lot of inland lakes, but I'm pretty sure Minnesota has more inland lakes. Fishing is very popular here also..rivers, streams, out on the lakes...And yes, Michigan is more of a tourist state also.

I've never been to a hatchery...looks interesting. btw...looks like your granddaughter was enjoying herself.

Glad you took everyone's advice and gave your honey the golf cart.
StraddleMyNose

Apr 7 @ 7:29PM  
Cool!

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