A 12 inch Great Lakes Musky. 
DNR personnel drained the ponds and collected and about 25,000 muskies, some in excess of 12 inches, which were transported to some 17 sites across the state. Among those sites were Thornapple and Big Bear lakes, which will be stocked annually for 10 years in an attempt to create new brood stock lake.

Ever wonder how muskies are raised in a hatchery? Watch this!

Here is video from several years ago but I think it a good example of how a hatchery works when stocking musky.  The Minor E. Clark Hatchery in Morehead, Kentucky stocks several species of fish through out the state of Kentucky and it was a build when Cave Run Lake was impounded in 1969.  The reason for this was it allowed them to have a running freshwater access site to help raise the fish.  This video goes through how they collect the muskies from the river and lake, the spawning of the fish and how they are raised and recaptured in the ponds.  Musky stocking is key to fisheries across the country and this will give you a glimpse of how this process takes place. 

Gregg Thomas

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