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Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery technician Lynn Peters (cover) tests the water flow as part of her allaround monitoring, feeding and stocking duties on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site northwest of Batavia in southwest Sheboygan County. The hatchery was initially created by Ben and Gladys Winton, who converted a dairy farm and by 1979 were producing 20,000 lbs. of fish annually. The DNR then purchased and expanded the project to produce 40,000 lbs. of three strains of migrating rainbow trout or ‘steelheads.’ Though lightly visited, the hatchery at the intersection of Trout Spring Rd. and County S is open to the public, who are welcome to view the various stages of development from fry to fingerlings, smoltes and adults, which are released throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Two million eggs collected from wild fish and other states and Canada are received or spawned. As the fish mature they are transferred from housed tanks (above) to outdoor raceways (left). Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass are also raised to meet special stocking needs. A sharecrop program with local farmers is operated on hatchery lands. This benefits wildlife by providing nesting cover and food plants for pheasants, deer, turkey and songbirds. Funding is provided by Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Fishing License stamps. 
Review photos by Barry Johanson Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery technician Lynn Peters (cover) tests the water flow as part of her allaround monitoring, feeding and stocking duties on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site northwest of Batavia in southwest Sheboygan County. The hatchery was initially created by Ben and Gladys Winton, who converted a dairy farm and by 1979 were producing 20,000 lbs. of fish annually. The DNR then purchased and expanded the project to produce 40,000 lbs. of three strains of migrating rainbow trout or ‘steelheads.’ Though lightly visited, the hatchery at the intersection of Trout Spring Rd. and County S is open to the public, who are welcome to view the various stages of development from fry to fingerlings, smoltes and adults, which are released throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Two million eggs collected from wild fish and other states and Canada are received or spawned. As the fish mature they are transferred from housed tanks (above) to outdoor raceways (left). Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass are also raised to meet special stocking needs. A sharecrop program with local farmers is operated on hatchery lands. This benefits wildlife by providing nesting cover and food plants for pheasants, deer, turkey and songbirds. Funding is provided by Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Fishing License stamps. Review photos by Barry Johanson

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