If any Northland area anglers are looking to get out fishing soon, you'll want to head to Wisconsin as there's a good chance you'll catch a nice-sized coaster brook trout.

That's because 650 coaster brook trout were just stocked in bodies of water in two Wisconsin counties, courtesy of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery, Friends of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Iron River National Fish Hatchery shared the big news on its official Facebook page, while also disclosing exactly where you should go for trophy fishing opportunities.

Calling all fisherman!! Yesterday we stocked about 650 surplus coaster brook trout brook stock in Perch and Wanoka Lakes in Bayfield County and Anderson Lake in Douglas County.

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They added that the average size of these fish is 3.5 pounds! Those are nice-sized coaster brook trout! They, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shared several photos to help provide a little narrative of their eventful day.

The first photo is a glimpse of the 650 big coaster brook trout that were stocked.

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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The Iron River National Fish Hatchery says that the weather was perfect for the mission, with clear blue skies and temperatures in the upper 40s.

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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The fish are first netted from the stocking tank on the trailer, then placed into coolers partially filled with water.

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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The coolers sit in Otter Sleds and are pulled by hatchery staff and members of the Friends of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery to the stocking site on the lake.

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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The team must drill several holes with an ice auger in a cluster that will provide a hole large enough that all the fish can be dumped into.

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lastly, the fish and the water are then poured into the holes and the fish are released into the lake, which is great news for Northland anglers!

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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It's quite a process that requires a lot of teamwork and a lot of long walks!

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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According to CarpenterLakeCabins.com, brook trout are normally caught by spin casting or still fishing. A lightweight flexible rod with spin-casting or spinning reel and never more than a 6-pound test line is ideal. Using a variety of small artificial lures (not more than 2 inches long) including gold and silver spoons or spinners is recommended.

Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photos by Wyatt Jorgensen/USFWS - courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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If you head out to Perch or Wanoka Lakes in Bayfield County, or Anderson Lake in Douglas County, be sure to share your adventure with us. You're always welcome to share photos in the B105 Mobile App.

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