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Scott M

Hatchery Fish Gone?

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I have a cousin down in Altura and he said they got 18 inches of rain in 24 hours...He figured the Crystal Springs Hatchery Fish were gone...anybody hear anything? If so, what does this mean for fish stocking around the region or even the state?

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I bet the hatchery is long gone. Crystal Springs got hit hard. What's your cousin's name? I know a lot of people around there...

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Maybe the whitewater will have an abundance of fish now!

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From what I'm told, the hatchery is likely a total loss. The DNR was unable to even get to it this morning.

Fishing will be slim-pickens for a while, not necessarily because the hatchery is gone, but because many fisheries were wiped out--and with absurd amounts of rain causing a rapid increase in stream temperatures--many fish didn't make it.

In many streams, trout fishing will be extremely poor for a while, especially the Whitewater as hard as it was hit. Some fared better than others though, especially western portions of southeast Minnesota.

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