By Louie Stout

Lake Michigan anglers who have wanted more king salmon to catch are getting their wish.

The Indiana DNR announced details of the new stocking plan it will lay out in a public hearing in LaPorte Thursday and in East Chicago Saturday.

The LaPorte meeting will be held at Red Mill County Park beginning at 7 p.m. (CST). The East Chicago public meeting begins at 10 a.m. (CST) at the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club.

Anglers will be able to voice their opinions and give the DNR suggestions for the directions they would like to see the program go in the future.

Indiana and other Lake Michigan states cut king stockings in 2013 and added more cuts in 2016 due to concerns that the lake’s forage base was being depleted to dangerous levels. Not only are king salmon the most gluttonous predator fish in the lake, but studies show it also is reproducing more than biologists realized.