In December, Bureau of Fisheries staff from DEC’s Adirondack Fish Hatchery completed its annual egg collection for round whitefish. Based on the time of year they spawn, collecting them can be a bit of a challenge if ice starts to form. That wasn’t the case this year, but staff braved the chilly waters to net 119 fish and collect a total of 77,000 eggs from Little Green and Cascade Ponds.
When the round whitefish reach certain sizes, they’ll be stocked next year in select waters in the Adirondacks as part of an experimental stocking program to restore populations of this endangered species.
To learn more about round whitefish visit DEC’s website.