Besides gear, bait and fish, this spring, Michigan anglers will see trucks engaged in fish stocking across the state.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the middle of its fish stocking season. The DNR’s fleet of 18 specialized trucks are releasing millions of fish into hundreds of lakes and streams.
Michigan fisheries managers uses the stocking program to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities, the DNR says.
The Fisheries Division of the DNR uses six production facilities throughout the state to rear the fish. This equates to 50 rearing ponds and 13 imprinting net pen locations.
Annually, the DNR stocks between 20 and 25 million fish. Species stocked include eight types of trout and salmon and four cool water species, like walleye and musky.
Over the course of a typical year the DNR will stock roughly 20 million to 25 million fish weighing nearly 400 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and four coolwater species such as walleye and muskellunge. the DNR fish stocking trucks will travel well over 100,000 miles to stock between 700 and 1,100 locations.
The DNR fish stocking season lasts from mid-March through early June, and the fleet will travel more than 100,000 miles to stock fish at 700 to 1,00 locations.