Wild Things: Wisconsin Weighing Stocking Options

Wild Things: Wisconsin Weighing Stocking Options
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Michigan proposes 54% increase in Chinooks 

by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected]

A proposed 54% increase in Chinook (king) salmon stocking by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) next spring has Great Lakes anglers talking this week.

Although it’s not final, the MDNR’s plan to stock 1 million kings a year follows decades of stocking cuts in Michigan due to data showing that more than half of the salmon hooked in the lake were produced in the wild.

A combination of stocking cuts by all four states surrounding the lake and an increasing number of alewives – the favored forage of salmon and trout on Lake Michigan – has led to more trophy catches in recent…

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