Michigan's Fish Production Program - Summary for 2011

The Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division reared a total of 11 different species of fish and 1 hybrid in 2011. A total of 20 different strains (genetically unique types of a species) of these 12 species/types of fish were raised by our 6 hatcheries, 2 streamside rearing facilities, and 20 outlying rearing ponds (Table 1). Including fish that we obtain in trades with other states or we transfer between waters, Fisheries Division stocked 30 strains of 17 species and 2 hybrids in 2011. The total number of fish stocked in 2011 by MI DNR fish hatcheries was 16,641,124 fish which weighed 666,456 lbs. or 302,934 kg (Table 2).

The number of fish stocked in Calendar Year 2011 is greater than previous years because Fisheries Division has moved to a managed risk program for Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSv) control and is now producing near-normal numbers of walleye and muskellunge. As a result of the lack of information concerning VHSv on northern pike, Fisheries Division continues to keep a moratorium on northern pike production.

There were three other sources of fish stocking in Michigan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hatcheries, tribal hatcheries and private hatcheries. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stocked 4.166,624 lake and brook trout during 2011, with most of this total being yearling lake trout stocked in Great Lakes waters (Table 3). Tribal fish hatcheries stocked 5,390,734 brook trout, lake trout, lake sturgeon and walleye during 2011, with walleye eggs and fry being predominant (Table 4). Private hatcheries contributed another 319,950 of 15 species to public waters under permit during the same calendar year, with fathead minnows predominant (Table 5). Bringing the total number of fish stocked into Michigan waters in 2011 to 26,520,323 fish of 23 species or hybrids that weighed 981,554 lbs. or 455,226 kg.

Information on the numbers, species and locations stocked is available at http://www.michigandnr.com/fishstock/.

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Table 1. Strains, their origin and were we get the eggs for all species in Michigan's fish production system for 2011

Species

Strain - Origin

Feral or Captive Broodstock

Atlantic Salmon

Landlocked - West Grand Lake, Maine

Feral - St. Mary's River

Brook Trout

Assinica - New York from Quebec

Captive - Marquette State Fish Hatchery

Brook Trout

Iron River - Iron River, MI

Captive - Marquette State Fish Hatchery - Will be discontinued

Brown Trout

Gilchrist Creek - Gilchrist Creek, MI

Captive - Oden State Fish Hatchery

Brown Trout

Sturgeon River - Sturgeon River, MI

Captive - Oden State Fish Hatchery

Brown Trout

Wild Rose - Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, WI

Captive - Oden State Fish Hatchery

Chinook Salmon

Little Manistee - Toutlee and Green Rivers, Washington

Feral - Little Manistee River

Coho Salmon

Michigan - Lower Columbia and Cascade Rivers, Oregon, Toutlee River, Oregon and Alaska

Feral - Platte River

Lake Herring

St. Marys River, MI

Feral - St. Marys River, MI

Lake Sturgeon

Black Lake - Black Lake, Michigan

Feral - Black River

Lake Sturgeon

Sturgeon River - Sturgeon River, Michigan

Feral - Sturgeon River

Lake Trout

Marquette - Inshore Lake Superior

Captive - Marquette State Fish Hatchery

Lake Trout

Seneca - Seneca Lake, New York

Obtain young of year from WI and MI federal hatcheries

Muskellunge

Great Lakes

Developing strain from Lake St. Clair

Muskellunge

Northern - Wisconsin

Obtained young of year fish from Indiana

Rainbow Trout

Eagle Lake - Ennis National Fish Hatchery from Eagle Lake, California

Captive - Oden State Fish Hatchery

Rainbow Trout - Steelhead

Little Manistee - Mostly from McCloud River, California

Feral - Little Manistee River

Splake

Lake Trout - Brook Trout Cross

Crossed using captive broodstock at Marquette State Fish Hatchery

Table 2. Total fish stocking by species and age by Michigan's fish production system in Calendar Year 2011.

Species

Age

Number

Atlantic Salmon

Fall Fingerling

22,747

Atlantic Salmon

Yearling - Sublegal

52,842

Black Crappie

Fall Fingerling

300

Brook Trout

Spring Fingerling

5,675

Brook Trout

Fall Fingerling

31,695

Brook Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

91,715

Brook Trout

Adult

1,517

Brown Trout

Fall Fingerling

188,149

Brown Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

1,404,141

Brown Trout

Adult

5,086

Channel Catfish

Spring Fingerling

30,000

Channel Catfish

Yearling

26,306

Chinook Salmon

Spring Fingerling

3,345,254

Coho Salmon

Fall Fingerling

101,145

Coho Salmon

Yearling - Sublegal

1,527,778

Fathead Minnows

Fall Fingerling

3,000

Hybrid Sunfish

Adult

2,076

Lake Herring

Spring Fingerling

9,495

Lake Sturgeon

Fall Fingerling

3,878

Lake Trout

Broodstock

1,145

Lake Trout

Spring Fingerling

50,000

Lake Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

440,387

Largemouth Bass

Yearling - Sublegal

250

Muskellunge 

Fall Fingerling

15,183

Northern Pike

Fall Fingerling

20

Rainbow Trout

Fall Fingerling

68,603

Rainbow Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

635,703

Rainbow Trout

Broodstock

1,834

Redear Sunfish

Fall Fingerling

300

Splake

Yearling - Sublegal

230,718

Steelhead

Fall Fingerling

693,909

Steelhead

Yearling - Sublegal

1,161,645

Tiger Muskellunge

Fall Fingerling

100

Walleye

Fry

1,450,000

Walleye

Spring Fingerling

4,941,267

Walleye

Fall Fingerling

64,666

Yellow Perch

Fall Fingerling

180

Total

16,641,124

Table 3. Total fish stocking by species and age by Federal Fish Hatcheries in Michigan waters in Calendar Year 2011.  Data not yet available.

Species

Age

Number

Brook Trout

Fry

37,520 

Lake Trout Fall Fingerling 535,119

Lake Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

3,592,685

Lake Trout

Adult

1,300 

Total

 

4,166,624 

Table 4. Total fish stocking by species and age by Tribal Fish Hatcheries in Michigan waters in Calendar Year 2011.

Species

Age

Number

Brook Trout

Adult

      300

Brook Trout

Fry

41,173

Brook Trout

Spring Fingerling

88,795

Brook Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

10,796

Lake Sturgeon

Fall Fingerling

19

Lake Trout

Spring Fingerling

68,865

Lake Trout

Yearling - Sublegal

9,416

Walleye

Green Eggs

4,823,500

Walleye

Fry

306,500

Walleye

Fall Fingerling

2,906

Walleye

Spring Fingerling

38,464

Total

5,390,734

Table 5. Total fish stocking by species and age by Private Fish Hatcheries in Michigan waters in Calendar Year 2011.

Species

Age

Number

Black Crappie

Yearling

1,000

Bluegill

Adult

2,490

Brook Trout

Adult

     200 

Brown Trout

Spring Fingerling

600

Brown Trout

Yearling

1,000

Brown Trout

Adult

8,200

Channel Catfish

Adult

650

Fathead Minnow

Fall Fingerling

22,000

Fathead Minnow

Adult

   187,000

Golden Shiners

Adult

10,830

Hybrid Sunfish

Adult

2,140

Hybrid Sunfish

Yearling

400

Largemouth Bass

Yearling

1,730

Northern Pike

Fall Fingerling

450

Rainbow Trout

Adult

    18,270

Rainbow Trout

Spring Fingerling

75

Rainbow Trout

Yearling

1,030

Redear Sunfish

Fall Fingerling

1,500

Redear Sunfish

Adult

2,550

Smallmouth Bass

Yearling

155

Walleye

Fall Fingerling

    55,930

Yellow Perch

Yearling

500

Yellow Perch

Adult

1,250

Total

319,950