The state Department of Natural Resources invites the public to see where Lake Michigan trout and salmon get their start and enjoy a variety of family-friendly fishing-related activities when state fish egg collecting facilities in Kewaunee and Racine hold open houses this October.

The events are designed to give fish enthusiasts of all ages a chance to see DNR crews collecting eggs from fish to produce the next generation of Lake Michigan trout and salmon to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the “big pond.”

The Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility open house is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 5) at N3884 Ransom Moore Lane in Kewaunee. Visitors will be able to watch salmon egg collection demonstrations, fish print a T-shirt, and enjoy fishing displays and activities and guided facility tours.Wagon rides will be provided by the Algoma Kewaunee Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. Food and beverages will be for sale, and there is an opportunity to adopt a sturgeon for river release.

“Come watch with us, have some fun, and get out there fishing,” said Brad Eggold, Great Lakes Fisheries District supervisor.

The Root River Steelhead Facility open house is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Racine.

The open houses also offer fun, hands-on learning for fishing skills like fly tying, knot tying, and casting, all in beautiful settings along two major tributaries to Lake Michigan. At both facilities, after DNR staff spawn the fish, they are returned to the rivers, providing good fishing opportunities for shore anglers.

Photo from DNR website