With help from various organizations the Coaster Brook Trout of Lake Superior are staging a comeback. Habitat study and restoration along with restocking efforts are being planned and put into effect all over the worlds largest freshwater resource I refer to as "Gitche Gumee".
Upon hearing about the opportunity to help in the Coasters resurgence I was "Gung ho". Since I had already planned on spending Friday fishing the Brule with my dad I had to see if he was also interested in assisting the Coaster's cause. I was overjoyed when he came aboard.
Friday morning we were briefed by DNR officials Josh Blankenheim and Chris Sundmark at the French River Fisheries Office. I was relieved when I found out that I met all of the requirements for volunteering. The application clearly stated that, "Volunteers must be in good physical condition". Borrowing words from the great Mohammed Ali, "I'm young, I'm pretty, I hit hard, I'm in the best shape of my life. You don't want to get in the ring with me".
A Steelhead Smolt like an Indianapolis Colt will need Luck to accomplish his goal.
My MN DNR buddies were real troopers. They did their best to answer my myriad of questions and I was happy with their answers. If you ever want the scoop on what's in your favorite river it might be a good idea to volunteer when they are doing an electroshock survey.
Somewhere out there swims Brook Trout ranging in lengths between 20 and 30 inches.
Somewhere out there.
If would like to help the cause of Coaster Brook Trout and get a cool, "Coaster Brook Trout Research Unit Bumper Sticker" at the same time contact The Greater Lake Superior Foundation. The stickers are 6.00 plus 1.00 shipping and handling.
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