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Over 20 million Fish Stocked in Michigan Waters This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan’s spring fish stocking efforts weighed in at more than 325 tons.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, 20,099,988 fish were stocked consisting of nine species and one hybrid from six state and two cooperative hatcheries. Spring 2014 stocking efforts totaled 19.3 million fish.

“It was another outstanding spring stocking season that will bring significant benefits and fishing opportunities to Michigan,” said Ed Eisch, DNR fish production manager.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, fish were reared and delivered to stocking sites in excellent condition. The numbers produced and stocked were right on target for almost all areas.”

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Each hatchery stocked the following fish this spring:

  • Marquette State Fish Hatchery (near Marquette) stocked 610,194 yearling lake trout, brook trout and splake (a cross of lake trout and brook trout).
  • Thompson State Fish Hatchery (near Manistique) stocked 8,003,760 fish that included walleye fry, yearling steelhead and brown trout, and spring fingerling Chinook salmon.
  • Oden State Fish Hatchery (near Petoskey) stocked 671,604 yearling brown trout and rainbow trout.
  • Harrietta State Fish Hatchery (in Harrietta) stocked 1,213,899 yearling brown trout and rainbow trout.
  • Platte River State Fish Hatchery (near Honor) stocked 2,556,540 fish that included yearling Atlantic salmon and coho salmon, spring fingerling Chinook salmon and walleye fry.
  • Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery (near Kalamazoo) stocked 7,004,084 fish that included walleye fry, yearling steelhead and spring fingerling Chinook salmon.
  • The cooperative teaching hatchery at Lake Superior State University (in Sault Ste. Marie) stocked 39,907 Atlantic salmon  into the St. Marys River.

The DNR says that fish stocking helps put between $2.4 billion and $4.2 billion into the state’s economy through the sportfishing industry and associated businesses.

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Over 20 million Fish Stocked in Michigan Waters This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]