Department of Natural Resources
The totals from our 2018 fall fish stocking efforts are in! Nine different species were stocked from September through December, totaling more than 1.1 million fish that weighed in at more than 17 tons. These fish were stocked at 153 different locations throughout the state.
This brings the total fish stocking numbers for 2018 to 22.2 million when combined with our spring and summer efforts.
The fish species stocked this fall included Atlantic salmon, channel catfish, brook trout, brown trout, coho salmon, rainbow trout (Eagle Lake and Michigan strain steelhead), lake sturgeon, walleye and muskellunge (northern and Great Lakes strains).
A breakdown of which state fish hatchery stocked which fish can be seen below:
Several other fisheries management units also stocked fall fingerling walleye in 2018; including 15,564 Muskegon strain (weighing 1,554.2 pounds) and 7,437 Bay de Noc strain (weighing 555.1 pounds).
Two additional species of coolwater fish were also stocked in 2018 - 50 adult channel catfish (weighing 181.8 pounds) and 585 fall fingerling lake sturgeon (weighing 20.7 pounds).
To find out if any fish were stocked in your favorite fishing spot, visit the DNR's fish stocking database at michigandnr.com/fishstock/.