Large brown trout show effects of Thunder Bay stocking efforts – WBKB 11

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Shawn Muszynski caught a brown trout over 14 pounds. Thursday, more than double the weight of the next high.

Bringing it, he knew he had something special. “We knew it was something big,” he said. “Then after seeing it, that’s when we got the adrenaline pumping and shaking. Then it was more about controlling the speed and trying to slow the boat down.

Tim Wieczorkowski was amazed when the monster fish was brought in, as he started stocking brown trout in Thunder Bay about seven years ago. He was one of them.

It’s a rare sight to see one of the fish he’s tasked with putting in the water. “I don’t know of any factories that are even close to this area,” Wieczorkowski said. So all the captured browns come from the plant which we usually do in late fall.

“It’s great what they’re doing here,” Muszynski said. “I think we saw a lot of brown breeding and we caught a lot more. I think it’s a really good thing that Tim is a part of and doing this and raising money for it.

The stocking program that Wieczorkowski started has grown over the years, and with donations from locals, the brown trout population has also increased. “Every dollar counts and every time someone donates $20, $50, it just makes the festival better and now we’re starting to see the rewards,” he said.

Anyone wishing to donate to storage efforts or offer assistance is encouraged to call Wieczorkowski at (989) 657-9365.

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