“Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery” will be meeting today in the Rainbow Room at 6:30 p.m.

"Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery" will be meeting today in the Rainbow Room at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to join the "Friends" group is most welcome. We wish to send out a big thank you to our "Friends" who made yet another successful Senior Citizen Fishing Day possible. An estimated 1,500 participated in the event for senior citizens and disabled of any age, last Friday. All were fed and fished due to the provisions and efforts of our "Friends" and sponsors. A special thank you to volunteers Sue Ludiker and her preteen granddaughters Kate Tyler and Ryleigh Ludiker of Neosho who helped stuff 500 goody bags for the Kids Fishing Day, pulled weeds and spruced up the hatchery landscaping, kept the fish cleaning station packed with ice for both senior and kids fishing days and served lunch for both events. And the volunteer responsible for countless lunches and countless events for many years is our wonderful chef Bill Andrews, we thank you for your service. We appreciate all of our volunteers so very much.

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Ten sturgeon brood stock fish were returned to the middle basin of the Missouri River last week. We keep these wild fish for as short a time as possible for spawning and get them back into their natural habitat. Fifteen thousand 9 ½ inch rainbows went out to Lake Taneycomo. The 138 mussels were measured Tuesday and were found to have grown to 12 mm and progressing well.

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The Visitor Center aquarium has received some new species thanks to Rick Horton of Missouri Department of Conservation. The aquarium fish are representative of species found locally in the waters of Missouri. A "one in a million" blue trout now resides in the aquarium as well.

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Tours for the week include TOPS Club, Arbors Assisted Care from Joplin, Carl Junction first graders, Seniors of NW Arkansas, and Grand Lake YMCA. Local visitors of the week were James Malcomb and Danielle Ryans of Carthage and Zoe McCoy of Republic here for geocaching sites at the hatchery. Long distance visitors of the week were the David Owen family from Louisville, Ky.

Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.