In a state where sportfishing is a multi-billion dollar industry, Wisconsin is working hard on several fronts to improve water quality, restore fish and wildlife habitat, acquire land and renovate fish hatchery facilities – all to the benefit of the fishing public.
Clough Island Preservation and Restoration Project Grant money from the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, along with other matching funds, enabled the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to purchase 358 acre Clough Island, the largest island in the St. Louis River estuary. This estuary is also the largest complex on the United States side of Lake Superior and provides important habitat to several migratory bird species and fish.
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Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery At a total project cost of $32 million, this project renovated an important Lake Michigan fish hatchery, significantly increasing the hatchery’s production. The result is a hatchery that produces healthier fish, has increased production of salmon and trout by 15 percent, and doubled its production of northern pike, spotted musky, lake sturgeon and walleye.
Pine Creek Restoring riparian vegetation, stabilizing stream banks, installing instream habitat, and increasing water depth are some of the measures taken to improve aquatic habitat on Pine Creek, a tributary of the Mississippi River. Restoring and conserving the native brook trout population is the objective of the Pine Creek Restoration Project.
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