Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Fishmas & Temporary Salmon Home

This was sent to me from Teeswater Hillcrest Jk/Sk Class they decorated the Classroom door just in time for Christmas, another poster they have in their Classroom.

The week before Christmas the Salmon were gathered from 7 of the Schools & taken for a holiday to the Kincardine Trout Hatchery, there should be about 750 to 800 Alevin in the Aquarium, they will be returned to the Schools the 1st week of School in the New Year. This will make it easier to take care of the Salmon as there are Volunteers doing there daily duties at the Kincardine Rainbow Trout Hatchery 7 days a week any ways. If you look close you will see a big difference in the look & size of the Egg Sacks. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Grade 6 Students Blog From Brookside

We have been watching and watching the fish, almost 24/7. Some have started to swim up towards the top of the fish tank, hitting the glass about halfway up and sliding back down to the bottom of the tank. The other day we had an interview in our classroom, and its going on TV!!!!! Some kids in our class think that having the fish is a great opportunity to learn more about salmon and their natural habitat. They thought it was a great way to tell the people how happy and glad we are to have the fish in our class. It’s a BIG opportunity! Hey, why is a swordfish’s nose 11 inches long??????? Because if it were 12 inches long, it would be a foot!!!! I hope the fish will celebrate Christmas. It would be funny if the fish started singing “Jingle bells”. Our class called one fish Dumdum, because it kept banging its head off the side of the glass. Well, Merry Christmas, to all of you - and the fish!!! Written by Mara, a grade 6 student at Brookside PS

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Teeswater Sacred Heart School Presentation

Wednesday Dec 19 I was at the Teeswater Sacred Heart School & talked to the Grade 3 to 8 classes in the Gym, I started with who likes to fish & most of the Students hands went up pretty quick, I talked about the Lake Huron Fishing Club our hatcheries, Derby Transporting Adult Trout from Denny's Dam to Hanover & the health of Lake Huron. The invasive Species were brought up & how they are changing the lake & some fishing techniques, I had a few volunteers to help walk through the Students & show them the Samples I had with me, Spiny Water Fleas, Zebra Mussels, Gobies, Alewives, Lamprey also I had Salmon Egg, Milt, Alevin, Salmon Smolts & a 36.92 lb Salmon that really impressed them. Some of the question are what is your biggest fish, what is your favorite kind of fish (Bass), were do you fish & were is the best spot to fish (Lake X) lol, this is a very positive experience & you can talk about the LHFC & your own style of fishing, Schools that have had a Presentation are North Port Al W. & Bob Greason, Goderich Mike Blumhagen, Brookside Mike & I, Wingham Maitland River, Teeswater Hillcrest, Teeswater Sacred Heart Richard, there are still a few more to do but not until the New Year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kincardine Rainbow Trout Hatchery Dec 15-12

Made a trip to Kincardine & stopped by to get some video of the Rainbows when I was there, 3 Tanks all looking good, check out the different size Trout swimming by, next month we should be Weighing & Sorting them again.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wingham Maitland River Elementary School Presentation

This is a picture of the eggs a week or so after they were delivered
I went to the Maitland River School & put a Presentation on for the Class, these are some of the pictures taken by their Teacher Lisa Culbert,
One of the 9 samples that were passed around a Salmon maybe 10 months old
Another sample a Lamprey Eel
One of the Biggest hits was a 36.92lb Chinook Salmon that I showed the Class from 1993 Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby. One of the biggest Chinooks to come from Lake Huron.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LHFC Members put a Presentation on for Brookside School lots of Pictures

Friday Nov 30-12 Mike Blumhagen & I put a Presentation on for the Brookside Public School & things went very good, one of the Students were running the Camera & took some pictures to record for themselves. This is a very full class.
Salmon Smolts a litlle bigger than the ones the school will be releasing.
Lamprey eel that usually got a disgusting looking on their faces.
A few round Gobies.
A jar on Tiny Water Fleas
& the hit of the Presentation likely one of the biggest Chinook Salmon caught in Lake Huron Harold Quinn's 36.92 lb 1993 Derby winner.
The student's really enjoyed the Presentation & had lots of questions & stories to share with us all. Hope you Enjoyed.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LHFC Port Elgin Salmon Hatchery & WSHHS Salmon Hatchery

Walkerton Sacred Heart High School had most of their Alevin die so I took a run up to the Port Elgin Salmon Hatchery to pick up more Alevin, Garry met me at the Hatchery about 9:30 so I could be back at the School by the 10:30 break, I also picked up a few more for the Teeswater Sacred Heart School as they had about 40 die last week, all the other schools seem to be going ok.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

LHFC receive's a $100.00 donation X 2

I put a post up on the other day & it went like this: Last spring I stopped into the Angling Sports London Ltd store on Adelaide & mentioned LHFC & OS were putting Salmon & Trout in Lake Huron & the guy tying flies said they don't stock fish in Huron any more, so I showed them the LHFC website & we talked for awhile, then I sent them my Blog about the School Salmon Hatchery Program they were very interested, so after expanding the Program this fall I sent another e-mail with the Blog attached & I received a $100.00 cheque today for the LHFC Program & I would like to thank Pat DeVincenzo-Owner/Operator of Angling Sports London Ltd for his generous donation. This is a very nice way to support the local fishing clubs. This was a reply from another long time forum Member: A very nice gesture on Ang/Sprts/Lon,so i got to thinkin,i have been fishin LH/GB tribs for goin on oh about 47 or so yrs,so i have surely seen the best of day's on all trib's.just got home from the Saugeen,a river i have fished for 99.9 % of those forty some odd yrs,now my point is the fish we are getting to-day are 100% the results of the CLUBS like LHFC/OS,and the last few yrs thing's are really picking up and we all know "GOV' don't contribute jack sh$t any more and these club's rely on donation's, so what i did was match Pat DeVencenzo's donation and challenge any or everyone to match or give a little, we all benefit. Dan Tenant My Reply: WOW now we're talking, THANX so much from all of the Members of the LHFC, things are only going to get better, Thanx to the generosity of people around here. Thanx & Tight Lines LHFC School Salmon Hatchery Program Co-ordinator Richard Elliott Jr

Friday, November 30, 2012

Brookside Public & Teeswater Sacred Heart Salmon Alevin

Mike Blumhagen gave a presentation at Goderich Public about Salmon, Lake Huron & Invasive Species, then I joined him at Brookside for about an hour presentation to a packed classroom, there were lots of questions & even a few fish stories told by the students, he brought along samples of Spiny Water Fleas, Quagga Mussels, Salmon Eggs at Eye up, Milt, Alevin (eggs after they hatch), Salmon Smolts, Round Gobies, Alewifes & a Lamprey plus a 36.9lb Salmon Mount.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Teeswater Hillcrest Central School

Dumping out the Egg Tray so the Alevin (newly hatched Salmon) have more room to move around.
Checking out just how cold the water really is or trying to play with the Alevin (newly hatched Salmon) lol.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Congratulations B.P.S.A. 50th Anniversary Potluck Banquet

Just got home from the Banquet, LHFC had an invite to send a couple representatives but the weather didn`t co-operate south of Belgrave so our President couldn`t make it, I decided to go anyway & Congratulated the BPSA on their 50 years of conservation on behalf of the LHFC & then I explained when I said I`d go it was with an agenda, so I got a nice plug in for the LHFC School Salmon Hatchery Program that was received very well & I think we have a New Partner to help with getting the Schools on the Pennisula involved with the Program. They even have a volunteer to help organize it. Another big Congratulations on your 50 years working with the local Youth, Community Living & Conservation. A few pictures from the evening. I didn`t have paper to write down names but here they are.
MP Larry Miller & President Tim Lahey
MP Larry Miller & Charter Member
MPP Bill Walker & Charter Member
Sydenham Sportsmen's Association President

Friday, November 23, 2012

Brookside Student writes a Blog about their Salmon Hatchery

This was sent to me by Larry the Teacher of the Class hosting one of the Hatcheries. Our fish have finally all hatched! They are all swimming around in the bottom of the fishtank. Yesterday we saw a fish that had hatched, but didn’t come out right. It was all rolled up in a ball. Our teacher doesn’t think that it will make it. We took the front piece of bristol board off because the fish were getting used to the light. We can now see them swim around the bottom of the tank. The frys are about 3 to 5 centimeters long. I actually watched an egg hatch. A head popped out, then a tail and the egg turned into a fry! We can’t wait for them to get bigger and see how they digest their egg. We are all happy that our fish have arrived and hatched. Our fish have now become a part of our class! Written by Mara Gr 6 student

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wingham Maitland River Elementary School

I took the Egg tray out of the Wingham MRE School, they seem to be doing just fine.

Libro Community Builders Program Blog

As part of the agreement I'll be adding information about the Lake Huron Fishing Club School Salmon Hatchery Program to the Libro blog, stop in & follow along there as well.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Brookside 100% Hatched & Egg tray Removal

Students taking part in all the jobs needed to be done.
Removing the Egg tray Stand
Dumping the Egg tray into the Aquarium to let them swim freely.

Teeswater Sacred Heart School Salmon Hatchery

Had a problem with the water flowing through the Egg tray & lost 36 today, hopefully the rest make it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kincardine Huron Heights & Kincardine Tiverton Township Public Schools

Kincardine Huron Heights Public School, things are looking great.
Kincardine/Tiverton Township Public School things are looking great here too.

Brookside School Hatchery

Checking the Temperature after a power outage 49 degrees, Monday they'll be 50 degrees until we start feeding them late December.
Check on the Eggs to see how many have hatched, 100% so far very successful

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

North Port Public School Promotes LHFC School Hatchery

This was sent to me by Al & the Principal at North Port, very nice Yesterday I visited the 2 Kincardine School hatcheries. Water temperatures are all holding steady at 45 F. At the KTTPS school there were no dead eggs. At Huron Heights school there were 6 dead eggs which I removed. I am going to check Huron Heights again before the end of the week. Today Bob Greason and I looked at the Northport Central School in Port Elgin. Bob Greason is going to take over as the Club contact for this school which is fantastic. The temperature there was also steady at 45 F. There was 1 dead egg which we removed. We did a 20 minute talk to 5 seperate groups of school kids at Northport. There were probably a total of 200 kids altogether that ranged from grade 1 to grade 8. We had sample jars of milt, eyed eggs, newly hatched alevin, parr, alewives, lampreys and a mount of an adult chinook salmon. No 2 talks were exactly the same and we covered topics such as why the LHFC runs our hatcheries, what they can expect to see in their school hatchery over the next few months, and the life cycle of a chinook salmon. I only briefly touched on the topic of why there are Pacific salmon in Lake Huron. I was too close to be objective as to the success of the talks but the teachers seemed to be appreciative. It is very hard to talk to the younger kids. The sample jars and fish mount has been returned to which hatchery they came from. If anyone else wants to do a talk I can tell you where to get the particular sample you want. Al Wilkins Thanx & Tight Lines Richard

Hillcrest Salmon From Eggs to Stocking & Hatchery Tour 2011-12

I forgot I even did this, short video from Egg to Releasing the Salmon

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Brookside Public School

Here are a few of the School Salmon Hatchery helpers at Brookside Public School

Thursday, November 8, 2012

LHFC Membership push to help fund the Hatcheries Guys, This has been borrowed from another Forum for those of you that hit the Saugeen up & are enjoying the fantastic Rainbow fishing. During the course of a conversation I mentioned that many of the LHFC and OS members are "support only" members - meaning that due to work and family committments, and/or their geographical location, they simply send in $35 bucks a year to the Club to help support our cause. I was surprised when he told me that many people thought you had to be very active in the Club to be a member - this is not at all the case. I personally did nothing at all for the LHFC for 20+ years while I enjoyed catching a ton of the fish they raised. It has only been the last 2 years that I have been able to help out as much as I can. So long story short, get onto - A few clicks on PayPal and presto, you just helped out the Club with a cash injection by becoming a New Member. If you give us your email address we will send you a monthly newsletter as well. The OS site has a PDF to print for a membership too. Help the Clubs out guys Please and Thank you - It costs over $60,000 a year to keep the hatcheries open, and it is 100% funded by anglers, for anglers. Hopefully we get a couple hundred new members today from some of the Saugeen Regulars. I changed a few things to leave out the other Forum. I'm hoping to expand the School Salmon Hatchery Program also & that takes about $1,000.00 a School. We now have 10. Tight Lines Richard href=""

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Port Elgin Salmon Hatchery & Libro/LHFC School Hatcheries

The big day has come & gone with 10 Schools being set up today, I was off to Port Elgin for 9am to pick up Salmon Eggs for the Libro/LHFC School Salmon Hatchery Program, after they finishing the egg tray stands, I was off to Goderich Public School to meet Mike Blumhagen & officially kick off the 2012-13 School Salmon Hatchery Program, then there were stops at Brookside School, Wingham F.E. Madill High School, Wingham Maitland River Elementary School (2-6 Site), Teeswater Hillcrest School, Teeswater Sacred Heart School, Walkerton Sacred Heart High School & back to Teeswater, 8 hours & 270 km later I was back home & the Schools can start to take care of 100 or so Salmon Eggs until they are ready to be released at the end of April or 1st of May, Al Wilkins headed to North Port, Kincardine Tiverton Township & Kincardine Huron Heights, let the games begin lol.  

LHFC Kincardine Trout Hatchery Nov 4-12

Things are moving right along at the Trout Hatchery as of Monday all the Browns are gone, they were stocked over the last 2 weeks from Point Clark to Pike Bay & 1 load to Barrows Bay & the Rainbows have started to be transferred into the Bigger Tanks.

Monday, October 29, 2012

4 Libro/LHFC School Hatcheries waiting for Salmon Eggs

Brookside Public
Goderich Public
Wingham Maitland River Elementary School (2-6 Site)Grade 4/5
Wingham F.E. Madill High Scool
4 School Hatcheries are set up & waiting for Salmon Eggs, I met Mike Blumhagen at Brookside at 9am today & 1.5 hours later we were heading to Goderich to set it up & by noon I was heading to Wingham Public to set it up & at 3pm I headed up to F.E. Maill to set up the last one for the day, 3 more for me to go these are the original LHFC School Hatcheries & off to pick them up
Teeswater Hillcrest Central Grade Jk/Sk &
Teeswater Sacred Heart Grade ? set up today, 1 more to go, Walkerton Sacred Heart High School Grade 9 hopefully Friday