2018 Spring/Summer Stocking Summary
A total of 21,116,476 fish have been stocked in Michigan's public waterbodies so far in 2018. Those fish weighed a combined total of 333 tons and consisted of 10 different species and one hybrid.
To complete this task, it took 381 stocking trips to 794 stocking sites, more than 103,000 miles travelled over the course of 2,619 hours using 18 specialized stocking trucks.
The number and type of fish stocked can vary throughout the year depending on stocking requests, hatchery rearing assignments, and the source and temperature of the facility 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 must then be delivered at a specific time and location to ensure their survival and success.
Each hatchery has stocked the following fish to date:
- Harrietta State Fish Hatchery (west of Cadillac) stocked 1,126,801 brown and rainbow trout that in total weighed 105,971 pounds. This hatchery stocked 284 sites (the majority located inland).
- Marquette State Fish Hatchery (near Marquette) stocked 549,765 yearling lake trout, brook trout and splake (a hybrid of lake trout and brook trout) that in total weighed 72,663 pounds. This hatchery stocked a total of 119 inland and Great Lakes sites.
- Oden State Fish Hatchery (near Petoskey) stocked 659,638 brown and rainbow trout that in total weighed 112,456 pounds. This hatchery stocked 193 inland and Great Lakes sites.
- Platte River State Fish Hatchery (near Honor) stocked 2,137,473 fish that included yearling Atlantic and coho salmon and spring fingerling Chinook salmon that in total weighed 146,010 pounds. This hatchery stocked 37 sites (the majority located on the Great Lakes).
- Thompson State Fish Hatchery (near Manistique) stocked 1,011,134 fish that included yearling steelhead and spring fingerling Chinook salmon. These fish weighed 105,635 pounds in total. This hatchery stocked 63 sites (the majority located on the Great Lakes).
- Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery (near Kalamazoo) stocked 1,154,861 fish that included yearling steelhead, spring fingerling Chinook salmon, Great Lakes strain muskellunge and channel catfish obtained from the Ohio DNR, that in total weighed 119,208 pounds. This hatchery stocked 76 sites (the majority located on the Great Lakes).
- A cooperative teaching hatchery at Lake Superior State University (in Sault Ste. Marie) stocked 34,973 Atlantic salmon weighing 3,851 pounds into the St. Marys River.
Included in this year's total fish stocked were 14.4 million walleye spring fingerlings and fry. 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 125 inland lakes and rivers and 7 Great Lakes sites.