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Mike Kelly squirts fish eggs from a sucker while they are being fertilized and stirred with a turkey feather. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

The local spawn harvest perseveres

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Call them "Aquatic Dr. Spocks."

Every year a round-the-clock fish breeding operation takes place in Park Rapids and other locations throughout Minnesota, to re-stock area lakes and boost Mother Nature's production of small fry.

A spring of wacky weather, fluctuating water temperatures and an abnormally warm March have made the spring egg harvest unpredictable, to say the least.

Fish won't lay eggs in cold water.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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