As a vital contributor to the area’s recreational economy, Northern Michigan fishing requires constant oversight from a group of aquatic caretakers—the Michigan DNR. So when you haul in a keeper this year aboard your boat in Northern Michigan, remember to not only thank the Fishing Gods, but also the conservation officers that both protect Northern Michigan’s outdoors and keep the region’s fisheries healthy.
This spring, Michigan Department of Natural Resources trucks will be spotted pulling up to hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the state to release prized, recreational cargo.
Fish stocking is a valuable tool used by fisheries managers to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes. The DNR’s Fisheries Division accomplishes this task by rearing fish at its six fish-production facilities located throughout the state, cooperatively managing up to 50 rearing ponds and 12 Great Lakes net pen locations, and maintaining a fleet of 17 specialized fish-stocking vehicles.
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Over the course of the year, the DNR will stock roughly 26 million fish weighing nearly 370 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and four coolwater species such as walleye and muskellunge. DNR fish-stocking vehicles will travel nearly 137,000 miles to stock more than 1,100 locations.
Michigan anglers have access to four Great Lakes, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. That puts residents and visitors no more than 10 minutes away from great angling opportunities and world-class fisheries.