Monday, April 8, 2013

Atlantic Salmon being re-stocked in Lake Huron


   Salmon fishing used to be good in Lake Huron. But for the past several years, it's slowed to a trickle it that.
   Many anglers that used to fish the lake for salmon haven't. Instead they have moved over to the west side of the state and Lake Michigan.
   Now, thanks to the DNR and Lake Superior State University, Atlantic salmon are being stocked again in Lake Huron.
   Plans are for approximately 100,000 salmon to be released in tributary streams this spring. Yearling Atlantic salmon will be stocked in the St. Marys River, Au Sable River, Thunder Bay River and in the Lexington Harbor in southern Lake Huron in coming days.
   The DNR’s Fisheries Division originally experimented with rearing and stocking Atlantic salmon from 1972 to 1982. These stockings resulted in only modest returns, and the program was essentially inactive until 1986.
   That year, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) began rearing and stocking Atlantic salmon into the St. Marys River under a memorandum of agreement with the DNR. The fish are reared at the LSSU aquaculture laboratory, located directly on the St. Marys River.
   The laboratory now serves as the sole source of Atlantic salmon eggs in Michigan and continues to offer recreational fishing opportunities on Lake Huron while providing LSSU students with educational experiences in fisheries research, culture and management.
   In 2010, the DNR began experimental rearing of Atlantic salmon at its Platte River State Fish Hatchery near Beulah. After two years of working through disease problems and investing in equipment to control disease outbreaks, the production of Atlantic salmon yearlings in 2013 has been exceptional.
   “This year’s production of Atlantic salmon yearlings has gone according to plan, and we’re pleased to report the fish are healthy and disease-free,” said Ed Eisch, Northern Lower Peninsula Area Hatchery manager.
According to Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator, the stocking of these fish in Lake Huron represents the culmination of many years of planning and cooperation.
   Atlantic salmon are one of several species of salmonids stocked in the Great Lakes, and are caught by anglers on both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
   For more information, visit the Atlantic salmon section on the Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them section of the DNR website.
    For more information, visit the Atlantic salmon section on the Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them section of the DNR website.



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