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Muskies get a menu change as part of hatchery experiment

Artificial feed early on aims to reduce costs, boost fish production

9:26 AM, Jun. 19, 2013
Some young muskies at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, like this one here, will eat manufactured fish food in an experiment aimed at cutting the costs of raising the fish.
Some young muskies at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, like this one here, will eat manufactured fish food in an experiment aimed at cutting the costs of raising the fish.
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Some muskies are getting a new menu at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery as part of an experiment aimed at saving money while boosting production of the state fish.

Starting this spring, Wild Rose staff are raising muskies two different ways, says Steve Fajfer, hatchery superintendent.

One group of muskies are being raised in the ponds and fed the traditional diet of zooplankton and minnows. A second group of muskies are being fed manufactured fish food for the first part of their stay at Wild Rose, and minnows for the remaining 60 days before they are stocked into Wisconsin waters. ...

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