By Cynthia Germain
Strawberry Creek in Sturgeon Bay is home to a unique site that contributes to the well-being of salmon in the lake. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has set up an egg collection facility for stocking Chinook salmon and collecting data on their health. Nick Legler, Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin DNR, oversees the activities which typically occur during the first three weeks in October. They work year round at this facility beginning with imprinting the salmon to this stream. In the spring, approximately 120,000 young salmon are placed in the pond at Strawberry Creek for the process of imprinting.
The salmon eggs are collected here and then taken to the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery where they will be incubated and hatched. The process of capturing and processing the salmon is a remarkable sight with multiple steps to collect data and prepare the eggs. Once the salmon is processed, some are shipped out to make organic fertilizer while others are sent to a local food kitchen. Visitors can see the final week of processing on Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, and are welcome anytime to learn more about the facility.