If you’re an angler looking for muskies, you’ll want to head to Michigan.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently stocked 25,740 muskellunge fingerlings throughout the state!
“We are continuing to make great headway in our efforts to increase muskellunge fishing opportunities for anglers,” says DNR fisheries biologist Matt Hughes, who oversees the rearing program at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery. “With time and experience, we’ve stabilized and increased production so more and more waterbodies can be stocked.”
Stocking took place on 12 bodies of water.
The fingerlings are reared at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan. The DNR has collected eggs and milt from adult muskies from the Lake St. Clair/Detroit River system since 2011 for its stocking efforts.
In the past, muskies were reared in ponds, with the fry eating natural food. However, since the species is rather cannibalistic, success was limited.
The infrastructure at the Wolf Lake facility has allow the hatchery to increase the size of musky fingerlings every year. This year’s batch includes fingerlings 8 to 10 inches long.
The hatchery is holding some fingerlings over the winter to be stocked in the spring in new broodstock lakes. It is estimated the fish will be 14 inches at the time of stocking.