The Michigan DNR worked hard this fall and winter to gather the eggs necessary for the continued production of hatchery fish that support Michigan’s world-class fisheries.
Chinook salmon eggs were collected Sept. 30 through Oct. 7 at the Little Manistee River Weir, and coho salmon eggs were collected Oct. 17 through Nov. 2 at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery Weir.
“We had a decent run of wild Chinook salmon this year,” said Aaron Switzer, manager of the state fish hatcheries located in the Lower Peninsula. “The run at the Little Manistee was healthy enough to provide all of Michigan’s egg needs. We were also able to provide eggs to Indiana and Illinois. Once hatched, reared and stocked, all of these Chinook salmon will contribute to the Lake Michigan salmon fishery.”
By JOHN BAUMAN, Michigan DNR
The Michigan DNR manages many inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula for brook, brown and rainbow trout.
These trout lakes - less than 100 acres each - are often considered small compared with other inland lakes.
Depending on the lake, various regulations are in effect for anglers hoping to catch trout. In some of these lakes, anglers are restricted to the use of only artificial lures or all tackle is permitted, except minnows. On other lakes, all tackle is allowed.
The Indiana DNR stocked 5,228 rainbow trout in five different lakes and streams across Indiana in November.
Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station had a surplus of trout, which allowed for these additional stockings. The stocked surplus trout are greater than 7 inches on average.
Stocking locations included:
Anglers age 18 and older need an Indiana fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp to fish for trout. The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size limit of 7 inches. There is no closed season for taking trout from inland lakes. Review inland trout regulations: eregulations.com/indiana/fishing/inland-trout-regulations/.
For more information about stockings visit wildlife.IN.gov/fishing/indiana-fish-stocking.
The Indiana DNR has stocked 80,896 Coho salmon recently in northern Indianaís Lake Michigan tributaries.
Bodine State Fish Hatchery released 29,457 Coho salmon fingerlings measuring approximately 7.2 inches into Trail Creek.
An additional 51,439 Coho salmon fingerlings measuring approximately 6.6 inches were released into the East Branch of the Little Calumet River by Mixsawbah State Fish Hatchery.
By Louie Stout
The warm fall weather hasn’t been kind to the trout and salmon run on the St. Joseph River this year.
Warm, dry weather, followed by copious amounts of rain, have limited the number of coho and steelhead running into the St. Joseph River.
Not that it’s been bad; it’s just that many hoped for a better return.
Lake Michigan Biologist Ben Dickinson noted this week that the numbers of fish passing through the South Bend Fish Ladder – so far - are in line with the long-term average.
About 1,600 steelhead and 1,250 coho have been counted through the ladder as of Thursday. The river also has seen 36 kings and 6 browns.