A Chilean surgical nurse (left) and a U.S. Air Force surgical technician prepare instruments shortly before the first surgery at the mobile hospital set up by the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support team. The team supplemented a Chilean hospital damaged during a recent 8.8 magnitude earthquake in the region.
The month of April saw the year’s first planting of trophy triploid trout in Lake Stevens. The planting program, coordinated as a community service project by Lake Stevens residents Laurie and Jim Goerg, is in it’s fourth year.
“Again this year we plan to plant as many of these beautiful trophy fish that we can. We have found this to be a great chance for all family members to get on the water and have a fun and quality fishing experience,” Laurie told us. “We don’t have a regular planting schedule through the year but do as many plants as we can, when enough money comes in to warrant bringing a truckload of these rainbow trout to the lake.”
Triploid trout are developed to be sterile and will not compete with other fish on the spawning beds. Their desire is to eat and they will grow quite large, often registering in double-digit poundage. Some fish have been planted that will weigh over 12 pounds.
Laurie says that funding for the Trophy Triploid Trout Program is difficult sometimes. All funds come from individuals and businesses that want to see families fishing together and enjoying the outdoors.
“We just don’t have the time or money to contact everyone and ask for donations,” she said.
The program is non-profit and donations are tax deductible. For those wishing to contribute, checks should be made out to CTEP (Cooperative Trout Enhancement Program) and mailed to Jim Goerg, 621 SR 9 NE #A-16, Lake Stevens, Wash. 98258.