More than 21 million fish stocked in 2019 means great fishing opportunities
Brown trout, coho salmon, steelhead, walleye and nine other species and one hybrid were among the 21,281,411 fish stocked in Michigan’s public waterbodies so far this year. These fish weighed a combined total of 311 tons.
DNR staff made 449 stocking trips to 857 stocking sites, including Great Lakes, inland lakes and rivers. Eighteen specialized stocking trucks travelled 106,000 miles over the course of 2,693 hours to get the job done.
The number and type of fish stocked varies depending on stocking requests, hatchery rearing assignments, and the source and temperature of each facility’s rearing water. In Michigan there are six state and two cooperative hatcheries that work together to produce the species, strain and size of fish requested by fisheries managers. These fish are delivered at a specific time and location to ensure their survival and success.
Each hatchery has stocked the following fish:
- Harrietta State Fish Hatchery (west of Cadillac) stocked 916,630 brown and rainbow trout that in total weighed 92,037 pounds. This hatchery stocked 263 sites (the majority located inland).
- Marquette State Fish Hatchery (near Marquette) stocked 377,076 yearling lake trout, brook trout and splake (a hybrid of lake trout and brook trout) that in total weighed 51,901 pounds. This hatchery stocked a total of 107 inland and Great Lakes sites.
- Oden State Fish Hatchery (near Petoskey) stocked 647,699 brown and rainbow trout that in total weighed 120,211 pounds. This hatchery stocked 168 inland and Great Lakes sites.
- Platte River State Fish Hatchery (near Honor) stocked 3,090,753 fish that included yearling Atlantic and Coho salmon, spring fingerling Chinook salmon and walleye fry that in total weighed 155,696 pounds. This hatchery stocked 46 sites (the majority located on the Great Lakes).
- Thompson State Fish Hatchery (near Manistique) stocked 6,944,722 fish that included yearling steelhead, spring fingerling Chinook salmon and walleye fry. These fish weighed 80,833 pounds in total. This hatchery stocked 58 sites (the majority located on the Great Lakes).
- Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery (near Kalamazoo) stocked 6,233,314 fish that included yearling steelhead, spring fingerling Chinook salmon, Great Lakes strain muskellunge, walleye fry and channel catfish obtained from the Ohio DNR, that in total weighed 110,657 pounds. This hatchery stocked 84 sites (the majority located on the Great Lakes).
A cooperative teaching hatchery at Lake Superior State University (in Sault Ste. Marie) stocked 19,894 Atlantic salmon weighing 2,206 pounds into the St. Marys River.
Included in this year’s total fish stocked were 3 million walleye spring fingerlings. These fish are reared in ponds by the DNR and tribal partners, with extensive support provided by local sporting organizations. These fish were stocked at 110 inland lakes and rivers and Great Lakes sites.
Also included are 14,544 Lake Sturgeon fingerlings reared at stream-side hatcheries and released in various inland and Great Lake tributary streams.