Bark River Fry Hatchery meeting, May 14. The Bark River Fry Hatchery in Fort Atkinson is in need of funding and volunteers. A public information meeting is scheduled for May 14 in Fort Atkinson. The public is encouraged to attend. This year, the Bark River Fry Hatchery raised 625,000 northern pike and 2.1 million walleye fry. All were released into the Rock River system. The hatchery has been in operation since 1993 and has added over 40 million fry to the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong. It takes about $8,000 to $10,000 to support the hatchery each year, and fundraising continues to be necessary. “We appreciate the past financial contributions from our generous partners and organizations. However, now is the time to organize a new coalition of partners who are invested in or benefit from the great things the hatchery does for the angling and local public,” said Doug Lubke, fisheries technician with the Wisconsin DNR. Past support has been provided by the Rock River-Koshkonong Association, Lake Koshkonong Recreation Association, Edgerton Conservation Club, Lake Koshkonong Wetland Association, Fort Atkinson Wisconservation Club, VFW Post 1879 and other clubs and individual donors. “The supporting partners are less able to provide sustained fundraising and financial help now than they have in the past,” Lubke said. “The time has come to organize a new team of supporters to help keep the hatchery doors open and producing fish for local anglers to enjoy.” The Friends of the Bark River Hatch­ery will hold an organizing meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the FCCU Community Room of the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Avenue, in Fort Atkinson. For more information, contact Doug Lubke, DNR,, or Laura Stremick-Thompson, DNR, at, or Jim Furley at