Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Heritage Trout in Lowery Creek

Anglers from the East and West Coast are beginning to catch on to our little secret; Driftless trout streams are some of the finest in the nation. Locally, trout in Lowery Creek on the permanently protected Cates/Ross property have been shown to be the some of the best in the region.

“The trout here have the genetics that are more indicative of a heritage strain fish and may be more disease resistant and better apt to adapt to changing stream conditions,” shared Mike Aquino of the Nevins Fish Hatchery.

Late last month, Mike and his team were placing two inline holding pens in Lowery Creek that are designed to hold broodstock for spawning on site. Later this month they will return to collect the eggs to be returned to the Nevins Fish Hatchery. As the fish mature they will be stocked in regional streams.

The research the team at Nevins is conducting along with the work of Brad Simms and the statewide fish health veterinarians is providing a better understanding and creating an encyclopedia of the brook trout populations that we have here.

“We are doing everything we can to promote stream health because that is critical for healthy fish populations” shared Mike.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say that fishing now is better than it was in the so called good old days because of the one two punch of good habitat work and keeping the streams flush with healthy trout.”

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