The Lake Huron Fishing Club's Trout Hatchery produces 2 types of fish. 60,000 brown trout are raised annually from eggs obtained from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
At 10 months of age these fish are approximately 15 cm in size (30 - 40 grams). These fish are released directly into Lake Huron at sites from Point Clark to Pike Bay. 60,000 rainbow trout are raised annually from eggs obtained from wild fish on the Saugeen River. These fish are raised to 10 months of age when they will be 10 to 18 cm in length and weigh 25 to 75 grams. These fish are all released into the Saugeen River around the Walkerton area.
As of fall 2008 over 1.3 million trout yearlings have been released from the Kincardine facility.
The Trout Hatchery was built in 1992 and began operations in 1993. The hatchery was totally constructed with volunteer labour. To date, over $123,000 has been spent on hatchery facilities.
The Ministry of Natural Resources made an $8,000 donation towards the construction of the building. All other money has come from corporate and private donations and funds raised by the Lake Huron Fishing Club. Yearly operating costs for the hatchery are around $30,000. The MNR donates $2,000 a year.
The hatchery and pump house are built on land leased to the club by the Municipality of Kincardine. The Municipality is very supportive of the hatchery and the Lake Huron Fishing Club in many ways.
The hatchery building is 45 feet by 85 feet in size. Inside the building is a small, heated office area with a washroom. The production area has a counter, storage, cupboard area with a cement floor. The main area of the hatchery is unheated, but insulated. The air is heated/cooled by the water flowing through the hatchery tanks. The temperature is 60 - 65 F year round.
There are 3 sizes of tanks in the hatchery. Four sets of hatching baskets and egg troughs are mounted over top of fry tanks. There is capacity for 150,000 eggs and fry in these tanks. There are 10 intermediate tanks.
Each tank is 1,400 litres in volume. These tanks are square with rounded corners. These tanks are self cleaning. There are 6 finishing tanks. Each of these tanks are 10,000 litres in volume. These tanks are also self cleaning.
The water supply for the hatchery comes from a groundwater well which is located across the road in Station Beach Park. The well was drilled in the 1800's to supply a salt plant in Kincardine. The well is over 680 feet deep and is actually artesian when not pumped. Electric pumps send the water to the hatchery through underground piping to the hatchery. Water temperature is a constant 10 C.
The water from the well is sent through 2 gravity fed aeration towers.
This brings the water to oxygen saturation conditions. A 128 cubic foot head tank supplies a constant head of water to the hatchery fish tanks. An alarm system monitors the level in the head tank and the electrical service and will activate an emergency oxygen supply system and start an automatic dialling system to notify workers to respond to any emergency.
A manual start gasoline powered water pump is located in the pump house to be used during power failures.
Wastewater from the hatchery flows into a 45,000 litre settling pond to allow sediments to settle out before being discharged to the Penetangore River. There is strict chemical monitoring of the water being discharged to ensure it meets standards set by the Ministry of the Environment. The settling pond is cleaned at least once/month with all wastes being sent to the Municipality's sewage treatment plant.
There is capability of recirculating some of the water from the settling pond to the aeration towers. There is also a mechanical blower system to inject air into the large finishing tanks to increase their carrying capacity.
Fish feeding to done by homemade feeders, powered by DC BBQ rotisserie motors. A sophisticated homemade timer circuit allows feed delivery however desired. Generally feeding is done once/hour from 08:00 to 20:00. Feeders need to be refilled once/day.
Natural Resources personnel have commented that the Lake Huron Fishing Club's
Kincardine Trout Hatchery is one of the nicest, if not best, club run hatcheries
in the province. We tend to agree!
Contact our Hatchery Coordinator Rachel Hasson, Phone: 519-353-8896 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to arrange a tour.
LAKE HURON FISHING CLUB