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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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LAKE STANDSTILL is jumping with trout fry, hand fed by Supt. Hugh "Doc" McSweyn of State Game Department project. ~ ~.~i~ ~ BOTTOM UP! Lake Standstill was drained and rehabilitated at the start of the project which turned it into a trout nursery. THE WATER FLOWS back into the lake, observed, left to right, by: Ted Hoffman, Game Department biologist; Ben Clifford and Jack Swanson, Pacific Land Associates officers. Page 5-10- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 ~] ~. Stan(~stiB. is a man-made lake between Lake Cushman an6 the Tacoma City Light power plant. It was originally created to provide water for the generators. Its conversion into a 15-acre rearing pond with capacity for 200,000 trout fry is a cooperative project of the State Game Department, Tacoma City Light, and Lake Cushman Development Company. Standstill produced cutts for its first Cushman plant in 1970 when 150,000 were released. This spring the lake received 117,000. Next year a plant of 150,000 is expected. According to Ted Hoffman, assistant chief of the game department's environmental management division, sea-run cutthroat seed stock is obtained from the Beaver Creek hatchery oll a tributary of the Columbia. The eggs are hatched at Aberdeen, then transported to Standstill. Sea-run were chosen for Lake Standstill rearing, Hoffman said, because (1) they grow faster and (2) they concentrate more than native cutts and thus are more easily available. At time of planting the fish range in size from 6 to 10 inches. They are released near the dam and cruise the shoreline as cutthroat do in their normal salt water habitat. As a result early season fishing is good for shoreside anglers in the lower lake, some of whom have limited standing on the boat floats at the Lake Cushman resort. The second year's plant and last year's holdovers are pretty well distributed along the shoreline. Hoffman checked 300 anglers on opening day and reported an average catch of 6.5 cutthroat. The original idea for using Lake Standstill as a rearing pond belongs to Hugh (Doc) McSweyn, superintendent of the Skokomish Valley trout hatchery. Tacoma City Light provided the site, electrical hookup, and wiring. Cushman Development Company provided about $20,000 worth of equipment. This consists of eight automatic feeders and drop facilities by which the fish are released. The Game Department provided technical assistance under Hoffman's direction, constructed feeder piers and installed the feeders. The department provides the annual supply of fry and services the automatic feeders twice a week. These spray high protein dry pellets over the surface of the lake every 15 minutes. When the fry are ready for release the drop facility is opened, the fish descend 20 feet in a stream of water to a conduit which takes them to a trap at the edge of Lake Cushman. At the trap fisheries biologists make a sample weight count of the outgoing fish which enables them to calculate the total number of fish released. About 50,000 fish are marked so that Game Department man may check the size of the seasonal catch from the Standstill stock. Hoffman said they hope this will be as high as 70 per cent so that the lake will not become oversupplieck Release starts in March. Standstill is higher than Cushman so that gravity takes the trout to their new home. By opening day they are all in the big lake where they have 4,000 acres in which to play games with anglers. THE END PRODUCTS are these sea-run cutthroat in various stages of development, displayed by Bill Parsons, JournaJ wil mail e cen s. You can arrange for the wrapping and mailing at the Journal office, Third and Cota, Shelton. Swimming in crystal-clear Lake Cushman. HIGHER EARNINGS Here at TCF you can put your money to work earning high interest rates. Just decide on the amount of money you want to invest with us... and the amount of time. HIGHEST SAFETY The savings of each individual insured up to $20,000 by an agency of the federal government. Unlike most other investment programs, when you save or invest here at TCF your money is right here in town, ready immediately when you may need it most. i THURSTON COUNTY FEDERAL SAVINGS AND lOAN ASSOCIATION OLYMPIA LACEY SHELTON Home office Branch Branch Fifth & Capitol Way 4131 Market Square 313 Railroad Avenue Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 5-83